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AHRECS Summary Report and Recommendations to the OLT0

Posted by Admin in on July 7, 2015

In 2014 AHRECS was engaged by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) to produce a report with regard to the fact an unsatisfactory number of grant and fellowship recipients had reported delays and problems with the progress of their work because of ethical review difficulties. The 47 page internal report suggested that there were a number of contributing factors to this situation and recommended a number of strategies to address these issues. AHRECS produced a public summary of the report which has been posted on the OLT web site and has been included in the AHRECS Resources Library.

AHRECS is currently working on six ressources booklets about key ethics issues for scholarship of learning and teaching research – a copy of which will also appear in the library.

This resource may be cited as:
Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services, (2015). AHRECS Summary Report and Recommendations to the OLT – Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services. [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Jul. 2015].

Yes, There Are Inaccuracies in Alice Goffman’s On the Run. She Put Them There. On Purpose – Slate (Leon Neyfakh 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on June 20, 2015

UPDATED: 24 Jun 2015

“Alice Goffman’s heralded book about inner-city life has come under fire for inconsistencies and inaccuracies. Is the author to blame—or does the fault lie with her field?” Alternatively is it a consequence of the requirement of IRBs/a necessary protection for participants?

Slate Magazine,. (2015). Yes, There Are Inaccuracies in Alice Goffman’s On the Run. She Put Them There. On Purpose. Retrieved 20 June 2015, from…

Also see…
The Internet Accused Alice Goffman of Faking Details In Her Study of a Black Neighborhood. I Went to Philadelphia to Check
By Jesse Singal

The Ethics Application Repository0

Posted by Admin in on June 13, 2015


TEAR is an open-access, online repository of exemplary ethics applications using open source software (D-Space). It’s available to anyone to use – novice researchers, researchers exploring new methodologies and IRB members wanting to do the same. As it grows, we expect that researchers exploring ethical practice will also find it interesting as a source information.

The founders of TEAR believe that by sharing exemplary ethics applications, knowledge sharing occurs. This is something readily acknowledged and supported within disciplines generally, but overlooked when considering ethical practice specifically, as part of a researchers expertise and skills.  TEAR sets out from the premise that there is value in reading well put together applications of others and being able to see examples of safe and good ethical practice in a variety of situations.  Current entries in the archive cover a range of research settings from those with challenging contexts (such as illegal or unsafe behavior) to those with tricky relationships (within family auto-ethnographies). By providing these examples, researchers are able to explore how others have addressed various issues within their research and consider how to apply them to their own setting. 

TEAR is a relatively new initiative and as such has relatively small number of collections and items, but this collection packs some outstanding examples of ethical thinking for Photovoice projects, educational research, research with vulnerable populations, etc. TEAR is currently in a period of transition having been adopted by Oxford University and the UK’s Social Research Association.  As it moves to this new setting, it is expected that new collections and the size of collections themselves will grow adding more depth and breadth to the collection.

TEAR provides a unique and valuable resource to those applying for ethics and exploring ethical practice within a philosophical framework that supports knowledge and resource sharing.

For more information see:

ESRC Framework for Research Ethics0

Posted by Admin in on June 3, 2015

In January the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) released an updated research ethics framework.

“As the principal funding agency for UK social science research, we require that the research we support is:

  • designed and conducted in accordance with recognised best practice and ethical standards
  • subject to proper professional and institutional oversight in terms of research governance

The Framework for Research Ethics was introduced in 2006. Since then we have only funded research where consideration has been given to ethical implications and in those research organisations where appropriate arrangements are in place. The Framework therefore has implications for applicants to ESRC and their research teams, research organisations and research ethics committees, for those assessing research proposals and for research participants.

Latest Edition – January 2015

The revised framework includes necessary revisions but also encourages researchers to think ethically and emphasises the importance of identifying potential ethical issues throughout the research lifecycle of a project and expresses our expectation that researchers should ensure the maximum benefit of their research whilst minimising actual or potential risk of harm to participants or others affected by the research. Our guidance also includes cases studies of ethical issues, see link below, that are intended to be useful examples of ethical challenges faced in social science research and we welcome further case studies to be submitted for our consideration.

For the next phase of the review, we intend to make the information in the Framework more accessible by introducing an ethics toolkit that is expected to be added to our website in late 2015 and is intended to make the Framework information accessible in a more usable format.”

In addition to including a PDF copy of the framework and a summary of the key changes the page provides a number of useful case studies.