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Friday afternoon’s funny – Significant risk in whose opinion?0

Posted by Admin in on August 4, 2017

Cartoon by Don Mayne

The conduct of research ethics review often involves an assessment of the significance of risk, but will the participants view the risk in the same way? Lay and other community members should be able to bring that perspective to the review, as sometimes can academics from other disciplines, but how much ‘space’ is there for voicing such reservations or are they so long-serving they have become jaded by business as usual?

Principles and Guidelines for ethical research and evaluation in development – ACFID (Codes and Resource material | July 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on July 30, 2017

This document is intended to promote and support improved development practice in the areas of research and evaluation, to raise awareness, and to assist in the identification of ethical issues so that well-considered decisions can be made and justified. Ethical principles are considered most important as ethical practice in
research and evaluation relies on active self-reflection, discretion, judgement and appreciation of context.

This document was prepared by Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), in consultation with its member organisations, academic partners and the ACFID University Network. It was developed to assist ACFID members and is aligned with the ACFID Code of Conduct.1 In particular, the principles proposed here complement the values that underpin the work of ACFID members in aid and development represented in this Code of Conduct.2

The principles outlined here are based on and extend existing internationally recognised ethical research principles and guidance for data collection with human participants. The extensions include an emphasis on cross-cultural elements, power relations, capacity building and understanding the ‘development’ imperative within research practice conducted with and through non-governmental organisations.

Read the rest of the Code
Access the new ACFID resources to accompany the Code

Friday afternoon’s funny – Proportional consent0

Posted by Admin in on July 28, 2017

Cartoon by Don Mayne

Consent, like many elements of human research ethics, should be proportional to the risk and ethical sensitivity of a project, not driven by a “please don’t sue us” mentality. The most painful part of a project for a potential participant shouldn’t be reading the consent material.

Human research ethics resources Western Sydney University0

Posted by Admin in on July 20, 2017

An essential component of the resourcing reflective practice approach is institutions providing researchers with resources to inform the design and conduct of research. WSU’s resources page is a good example of providing such resources – an assessment in no way influenced by the inclusion of our SoTL resource manual 😉

Useful Resources

“The following documents, some produced by Western Sydney, others by external organisations, may assist researchers to better understand the ethics review environment and the processes at Western Sydney University.”
Sections include:

Ethics administration process
Ethics applications
External resources

Access Western Sydney University’s resources page