I'm in the process of developing an ethics policy for research and publications that we at Caer Las will be undertaking in the future. We're a medium sized third sector organisation looking to develop research that's grounded in client experiences; and our interests are in social action, participative inquiry, 'action research', and so on. The central concern is that all of this activity is grounded in client experience, and that clients are never just research subjects. Familiar stuff to you all I'm sure.
So, are there any examples of ethics policies held by organisations in similar positions? I've read a few by universities, but these seem weighted towards legal issues, and - to be a bit cynical - perhaps ensuring indemnity for the institution, as opposed to empowerment and control for the individual.
And does anyone have any other general tips for ethics and ethics policies? I don't mean to discount the legal aspect for example; are there fairly standard boxes to tick here and elsewhere?
Many thanks for any thoughts.
Dr. Dave Sayers
Caer Las Cymru (www.caerlas.org.uk)
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