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A Guide to Professional in Political Science (Guidelies: APSA | 2012)0

Posted by Admin in on May 19, 2017

Political scientists share problems in common with practitioners of other scholarly disciplines. They also frequently encounter ethical problems unique to their professional concerns. The purpose of this Guide is to provide an authoritative statement of ethical principles for political scientists, particularly for those newly entering the profession.
In 1967 the APSA created a committee with a broad mandate to explore matters “relevant to the problems of maintaining a high sense of professional standards and responsibilities.” That committee, chaired by Marver H. Bernstein1, published its report, “Ethical Problems of Academic Political Scientists,” in the summer 1968 issue of PS. An enduring contribution of this committee was the development of a written code consisting of twenty-one rules of professional conduct. The Bernstein Report, as it came to be called, also recommended the appointment of a Standing Committee on Professional Ethics and such a committee was duly created in 1968.
The title, the work, and the jurisdiction of the Standing Committee have been in a process of continuous evolution since that time. Its original jurisdiction, for example, did not include individual cases. The Committee was at first envisaged as an educational body to “protect the rights of political scientists” by the issuance of advisory opinions to guide the professional behavior of political scientists. Twenty-three advisory opinions have been adopted since the Committee was established.

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Laying the Groundwork: A Practical Guide for Ethical Research with Indigenous Communities (Papers: Julia K. Riddell, et al)0

Posted by Admin in on May 16, 2017

Although there are numerous ethical guidelines for research with Indigenous communities, not all research is conducted in an ethical, culturally respectful, and effective way. To address this gap, we review four ethical frameworks for research with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Drawing upon our experiences conducting a transformative social justice research project in five Indigenous communities, we discuss the ethical tensions we have encountered and how we have attempted to address these challenges. Finally, drawing on these experiences, we make recommendations to support those planning to conduct research with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. We discuss the importance of training to highlight the intricacies and nuances of bringing the ethical guidelines to life through co-created research with Indigenous communities.

research ethics, Indigenous communities, community-based research

We are deeply grateful to our partner communities who have walked beside us on our research journey.

Riddell JK, Salamanca A, Pepler DJ, Cardinal S, McIvor O (2017). Laying the Groundwork: A Practical Guide for Ethical Research with Indigenous Communities. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(2) . Retrieved from:
vol8/iss2/6 DOI: 10.18584/iipj.2017.8.2.6

Friday afternoon’s funny – Who else can see the identified information0

Posted by Admin in on May 12, 2017

Cartoon by Don Mayne

Who else can access the identified information about participants in your research? Is this sufficiently anticipated in the consent material for your projects? Or does your institution have capacity/systems/resources/the will to conceal the identity of individuals when the data is accessed by persons outside the research team (e.g. a panel from your research ethics committee that is auditing your research project)?

(Canada) Public Comments on the Proposed Changes to TCPS20

Posted by Admin in on May 4, 2017

Given the involvement of three of the AHRECS team in the rolling review of the National Statement (Australia)we are very interested in this work in Canada.

“In October 2016, the Panel on Research Ethics released proposed changes to TCPS 2 (2014) to the public for comment. Written comments were accepted until January 31, 2017. All comments received have been posted to the Panel’s website unless the contributor requested that they remain confidential.
This valuable feedback will now be taken into consideration as the Panel and Secretariat prepare recommendations to the federal research Agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) that are responsible for approving revisions to TCPS 2 (2014).”

Update from Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research