Board Standing Committees & National Advisory Groups

THE STANDING COMMITTEE & NATIONAL ADVISORY GROUP CHAIRS AND MEMBERS FOR 2017/2018

 

To be confrimed

 

 

Research Committee Code of Conduct and Ethical Guidelines

(Based on the UNESCO Code of conduct for social science research Paul de Guchteneir, and the Code of Practice of the Research Association of New Zealand)

 

Preamble

 

Research conducted by Grey Power Federation will include the systematic gathering and interpretation of information about individuals using the statistical and analytical methods and techniques of the applied social sciences to gain insight or support for advocacy and policy making. The identity of respondents will not be revealed to the users of the information without explicit consent.

 

Definitions

 

Within this document the following definitions will apply.

 

  • Researcher is defined as any individual or organisation carrying out, or acting as a consultant on research on behalf of Grey Power Federation.
  • Respondent is defined as any individual from which information is collected for the purposes of a research project, whether they are aware of it or not, or is approached for interview.
  • Interview is defined as any form of direct contact with a respondent by a researcher in order to collect information for a research project.

 

Basic Principles

 

Grey Power Federation researchers will be fully aware of the ethical issues involved in their work and adhere to the following basic principles:

 

  1. Responsibility for all procedures and ethical issues related to the project rests with the principal researcher.
  2. The choice of research issues will be based on the best scientific judgement and on an assessment of the potential benefit to the respondents and to society.
  3. The researcher will consider the effects of his/her work, including the consequences of misuse, both for the respondents and groups among whom they do their fieldwork, and for their colleagues and for the wider society.
  4. The researcher should be aware of any potential harmful effects of their research on respondents. If there is potential for harm, the chosen method should be used only if no alternative can be found after consultation with colleagues and other experts. Full justification for the method chosen should be given.
  5. The research should be conducted in a competent fashion, as an objective scientific project and without bias. All researchers should be qualified to use all of the procedures employed by them.
  6. The research should be carried out in full compliance with, and awareness of, local customs, standards, laws and regulations.
  7. Researchers undertaking research within cultures, and ethnic groups other than their own should make their research objectives particularly clear and remain aware of the concerns and welfare of the individuals or communities to be studied.
  8. The principal researcher’s own ethical principles should be made clear to all those involved in the research to allow informed collaboration with other researchers. Potential conflicts should be resolved before the research begins.
  9. Respondents’ cooperation will be voluntary and based on informed consent. Adequate, and not misleading, information about the general purpose and nature of the project will be available to all respondents.
  10. Researchers should be identified and contactable during and after the research activity.
  11. Research data collected, including any personal data will be stored securely and separately from any other data held by the Federation.
  12. Any personal data collected will only be used in a manner that complies with the Federation Privacy Code.
  13. When reporting on the results of a research project, researchers shall make a clear distinction between the findings, the researchers’ interpretation of these findings, and any recommendations based on them.
  14. Where any of the findings of a research project are published by the Federation, the latter will consult with the researcher as to the form and content of publication of the findings. Both the Federation and the researcher have a responsibility to ensure that published results are not misleading.
  15. Researchers shall always be prepared to make available the technical information necessary to assess the validity of any published findings.
  16. Researchers shall not allow their name to be associated with the dissemination of conclusions from a research project unless they are adequately supported by the data.