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Ethical guidelines ocial esearch ssociation December 2003
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3 Contents Foreword 5 Background 7 SRA Policy on Research Ethics 8 Introduction to ethical guidelines 10 Level A Basic principles 13 Level B Elements of the basic code expanded 1. Obligations to society 15 2. Obligations to funders and employers 18 3. Obligations to colleagues 22 4. Obligations to subjects 25 5. Ethics committees and IRB’s 40 Level C Bibliographies Introduction 44 1. Obligations to society 46 2. Obligations to funders and employers 47 3. Obligations to colleagues 48 4. Obligations to subjects 49 5. Ethics committees and IRB’s 52 6. Standard protocols for checking ethical considerations 52 7. Contacting experienced SRA members who can help with ethical problems 55 8. Other useful links and contacts 56 9. References 59
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5 Foreword The origins of the SRA’s concern to maintain an up-to-date set of ethical guidelines and be proactive in the discussion of social research ethics lies in our sense of responsibility for standard-setting in the profession of social research. At present in the UK we have no reliable system of ethical governance or review. The sanctions we can apply to those who discredit our profession are limited. There is no comprehensive system of registration or licensing which can confirm the credentials or quality of a researcher for commissioners or the general public. But it is even more complicated than that – the profession of social research is inter-sectoral (governmental, academic, commercial, voluntary and non-profit) and interdisciplinary (sociology, psychology, economics, politics, marketing, social work etc.); it is international and multi-problem based. In addition, methodological innovation is a sine qua non for the study of a changing society and its ever-changing constituent individuals and institutions. New methods pose new ethical problems. Recent legislative changes and concerns about litigation have increased funders’ interest in and concern about good ethical practice in social research. Various initiatives are afoot and 2004 will see much more debate about the right ways to ensure compliance with good ethical practice across all sectors of social research. In such a climate the key responsibility for ethical awareness and for the status of the profession rests with each individual social researcher and funder, as the actions of each affect us all. The Social Research Association has revised its ethical guidelines, first drawn up in the 1980s in the light of current concerns and knowledge. All SRA
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6 members are required to read and abide by these guidelines as a condition of membership. We now present them more broadly so that they may be available to inform ethical practice and debate across the whole social research constituency.
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