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Friday afternoon’s funny – How many people does it take?0

Posted by Admin in on January 19, 2018

Cartoon by Don Mayne

Some research projects can require the involvement of 20 or more people, and that’s without the research team, actual participants, the regulators or those involved with the research outputs. And then there are the friendly consultants (like AHRECS!) on hand to advise and assist to make the process as collegiate, effective and efficient as possible. 🙂

Friday afternoon’s funny – Breaks and workload0

Posted by Admin in on January 5, 2018

Cartoon by Don Mayne

Happy New Year! I know this is an awful reality for research ethics committee secretaries/ethics officers, support staff and committee Chairs. I have made the rookie error of having mail alerts go to my watch and phone doh! Early in the new year, we’ll have some exciting news about an addition to the AHRECS team and a new service we’re going to be offering.

Ethical complexities in child co-research (Papers: Merle Spriggs and Lynn Gillam | 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on January 2, 2018

Child co-research has become popular in social research involving children. This is attributed to the emphasis on children’s rights and is seen as a way to promote children’s agency and voice. It is a way of putting into practice the philosophy, common amongst childhood researchers, that children are experts on childhood. In this article, we discuss ethical complexities of involving children as co-researchers, beginning with an analysis of the literature, then drawing on data from interviews with researchers who conduct child co-research. We identify six ethical complexities, some of which are new findings which have not been mentioned before in this context. In light of these possible ethical complexities, a key finding is for researchers to be reflexive – to reflect on how the research may affect child co-researchers and participants before the research starts. A separate overriding message that came out in responses from the researchers we interviewed was the need for support and training for child co-researchers. We conclude by providing a list of questions for reflexive researchers to ask of themselves when they use child co-research methodology. We also provide important questions for human research ethics committees to ask when they review projects using child co-research.

co-researcher, ethics, ethics committees, reflexivity, research ethics, research methodology

Spriggs M. and Gillam L (2017) “Ethical complexities in child co-research.” Research Ethics 0(0): 1747016117750207.

Holiday funny – Human research ethics committee member New Year’s resolutions0

Posted by Admin in on January 1, 2018

Cartoon by Don Mayne

If you Chair, served on or worked with a research ethics committee perhaps some or all of these will be painfully familiar.