Monday, November 29, 2010

Planning Ahead: Research Ethics

Via Dean Sharpe, Research Ethics Board Manager for the Social Sciences and Humanities Office of Research Ethics (University of Toronto), here are the links to a number of relevant and useful sources that will help you in writing your ethics review protocol (and proposal!):

- consent:

- data security standards:

- Encryption standards:

- guidelines on key informant interviews:

- guidelines on participant observation:

- guidelines on deception and debriefing:

- guidelines on teacher-researcher role-based conflicts of interest:

- McMaster guidelines regarding intent to cause harm to oneself or others:
For those of you who are interested in online research and some of the complications that can arise out of conducting research a) online and b) involving children, you're welcome to read about my own experiences navigating these issues (albeit not always successfully) while conducting my Masters thesis research several years ago. I wrote a paper about the experience in the now-defunt (or is it merely dormant) International Journal of Internet Research Ethics, with the permission of the SFU Office of Research Ethics, which you can download here.

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