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Research Ethics

  • Introduction

    This stage will:

    • Help you decide whether your research is ethical
    • Explain key ethical concepts, such as informed consent and anonymity
    • Explain the process for gaining ethical approval to conduct your research

    For the social science researcher, issues of ethics and safety are of great importance, and should remain in the front of your mind when planning and carrying out research. We must take regard for the safety and well-being of the people we work with, just as we expect other people (and the institutions we work for) to take care of us.

    This part of the tool will help you think about what it means to research ethically and safely and will lead you to additional resources to find out more.

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  • How Do I Know My Research Is Ethical?
  • What Do I Need to Know About Potential Harm and Informed Consent?
  • Why Is Confidentiality an Important Aspect of Research?
  • Do My Research Subjects Need to Be Aware of My Role as Researcher?
  • How Can I Gain Ethical Approval for My Research?
  • What Is a Risk Assessment?
  • How Can I Ensure I Will Be Safe When Carrying Out My Research?
  • What Do I Need to Know About Informed Consent and Confidentiality?
  • What Is Researcher Bias?
  • Checklist: Ethical Data Collection From Human Participants
Next Stage: Data Collection


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