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Mapping Africa Research Ethics Capacity (MARC)0

Posted by Admin in on August 18, 2015

“The MARC project is developing an interactive map of health research ethics review capacity and drug regulatory capacity in Africa. MARC receives financial support from EDCTP and Pfizer to achieve this aim. This ongoing project invites self-uploading of information on African Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and Drug Regulatory Authorities. This information is then integrated into an existing country-based research system mapping structure to facilitate efficiency, sustainability and linkage of ethics ‘maps’ to health research system capacity. This integration allows for ethics capacity analysis in relation to general research system development, encourages comparisons between countries inside and outside Africa, and facilitates sustainability and knowledge sharing throughout the project.”

Creator Of The Stanford Prison Experiment Looks Back On Its Disturbing Outcome 44 Years Later – Huffpost Live (Ryan Buxton 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on July 16, 2015

(Item includes a 31:59 video)
“Back in 1971, Dr. Philip Zimbardo conducted the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment, in which he put young students in a basement-turned-prison and assigned them roles as either prisoners or guards. The plan was to study the way the dynamic of authority would affect their behavior over a period of two weeks. The experiment produced such psychological abuse and degredation of the “prisoners” that Zimbardo called it off after six days.

The experiment hits the big screen on July 17 with a new film, “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” which dramatizes the procedure’s quick devolution into chaos and has reopened the conversation regarding what Zimbardo’s research tells us about human nature and the power of control.

HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski spoke with Zimbardo on Tuesday to look back on his unforgettable work. In the video above, watch Zimbardo discuss his decision-making during the experiment and what’s happened to his subjects since they left his mock prison 44 years ago.”

Also see:
What can Milgram and Zimbardo teach ethics committees and qualitative researchers about minimizing harm? (Martin Tolich 2014)

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.

Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation0

Posted by Admin in on June 1, 2015

“TRREE stands for Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation.

TRREE is headed by a consortium of interested persons from Northern and Southern countries. It aims to provide basic training, while building capacities, on the ethics of health research involving humans so that research meets highest standards of ethics and promotes the welfare of participants. TRREE achieves this goal primarily by developing a training programme with local collaborators. In its initial stages TRREE focused primarily, but not exclusively, on the needs of African countries.

TRREE provides free-of-charge access to:

  • e-Learning: a distance learning program and certification on research ethics evaluation
  • e-Resources: a participatory web-site with international, regional and national regulatory and policy resources
  • TRREE’s learning material is currently available in English [EN], French [FR], German [DE] and Portuguese [PT].

The e-learning programme is based on internationally recognized ethical principles and regulations. It integrates local issues and perspectives from low-and middle-income countries, most notably from African countries, that are relevant to all those who must ensure the protection of research participants and who promote highest ethical standards.

The ongoing development of this programme promoted co-learning, collaboration and capacity-building amongst partners.”