In a 2016 conference paper discussing ethical use of student data I noted that there was a ‘disconnect between national
Covert research is associated with deliberate deception in social research and equated with harm and risk to the researcher, the
What’s at risk? Who’s responsible? Moving beyond the physical, the immediate, the proximate, and the individual
Building the Conversation This month’s addition to the Building the Conversation series reflects upon how we approach risks beyond those
AHRECS has considerable experience working with universities, hospitals, research institutions, government and non-government organisations to care for and build the
My recall of the earliest encounter I had with research ethics is when, as a newly appointed faculty member of
Farida Fozdar responds and reflects upon the February 2021 post by Gary Allen and Mark Israel.
The Tower of Babel (Allen and Israel, 2021) is a compelling image when considering issues to do with translation and interpreting and the ethics of social research. Even when we speak the same language, we may not be ‘speaking the same language’, so to speak (excuse the triple metaphor). Talking past each other occurs in many ways but, in communicating the clear purpose and potential risks of one’s research, clarity is vital. Here, I outline a few issues from personal research experience, arguing that the communities themselves may be best placed to identify ethics issues and solutions to translation and interpreting dilemmas.
When working with those from a language different from that of the researchers, it may be the case that the idea of research is not well understood in the culture of origin…
Malcolm Wolski and Andrew Bowness Griffith University To manage sensitive research data appropriately,
When it comes to research integrity, the international community often tends to focus on
As both a researcher and a research administrator in healthcare, one of the more vexing issues that I have to deal with on an almost daily basis is how to manage what are termed quality assurance, quality improvement and audit activities. In its 2014 publication entitled “Ethical Considerations in Quality Assurance and Evaluation Activities”, the NHMRC (NHMRC QA guidance) suggests that these can be loosely gathered together under an umbrella term of Quality Assurance (QA) and/or evaluation. I believe this construct is wrong and reinforces a longstanding approach to ethics review that relies on the category of an investigative activity to determine the level of review that is used. This approach is problematic and leads to some significant unintended consequences.
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