Assignment: Research Ethics
You are in the process of writing a research proposal. As part of this proposal you must include a discussion of your own ethical obligations as a researcher. In your proposal, include a 400 to 500-word section on research ethics and answer the following questions:
- What are the relevant institutions, organizations, and documents that govern your ethical obligations as a researcher? Identify all that apply. If you are doing research in a country other than your home country, you need to consider the ethical guidelines in that context as well.
- Based on the policies outlined in the documents you’ve identified, does your research require review or approval from a research ethics board? If so, why? If not, why not?
- Identify the potential benefits of your research for individuals and communities. Who will benefit and how?
- Keeping in mind the methods you have selected, identify whether there are any potential risks of harm for participants. These could include harms to physical, emotional, social, or economic wellbeing.
- How will you ensure that participants’ data remains confidential? How would you ensure that no one else can access the private, personal information of your participants? Some examples include: storing electronic files on a password protected device to which no one else has access; or, anonymizing the data in your records by assigning each participant a code such as “Participant A1”, “Participant A2” and so on, and keeping this list separate from the data so that identifying information does not accompany private data.
- Will participants be anonymous in the papers or presentations you produce as a result of this research?
Include your responses to these questions in the following Google Form.