Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Why Form 5495 Ethics

Instructions and Help about Why Form 5495 Ethics

I know that it's quite difficult sometimes to think about trying to for student to try to apply for a research ethics application but there are some things and then you can do to help the process much easier not just for you but as well as the reviewers who are looking at your application so here are my top six tips for you when you prepare your research ethics application the first tip always try to write for a non-expert male audience you should always assume that the people who are reading your application in terms of the reviewers do not know lay audiences and do not know the topic that you are trying to write about in your particular research so always try to avoid technical terms and try to explain the context of the research as much as you can for the reviewer for the reviewers to be able to understand what you're trying to do this will help the reviewers to smoothly review application and the likelihood of them coming back with less comments will be increased here's my second tip always avoid language that's too technical this is not just for the application itself but also in terms of the documentation that you will be giving to the participants to read so one document that requires a lot of consideration in terms of using lay language is the participant information sheet the participate the purpose of the participation information sheet is to tell the participants what you are exactly trying to do and then trying to get them to come on board and be part of your research therefore it's crucial that they understand what's going on by using lay language data that data they can understand my third tip would be always try to explain the cultural norms and expectations that you are doing your research in this is especially true if your research is in a global health and development context because you'll be doing in different countries and these countries may or may not have cultural norms that are different to the to the UK or British cultural norms the reviewers will most likely be based in the UK and therefore you'll be using UK cultural norms to judge and review your application if there is any deviation from that what you need to do is explain to them what is it exactly that is different and how then that actually influences how you actually design and will conduct research that needs to be explained for the reviewers benefit my fourth tip would be always try to get informed consent I know that in certain circumstances and from consent is almost impossible for example covert research in a lot of settings and from consent is the norm and we try to get that if you are able to get informed consent always get it written down this is for an audit trail so that you've got you've got evidence that the participants have actually agreed to participate in your research I do understand that in certain circumstances and in certain countries and communities written consent may not be possible for a multitude of reasons if that's the case a verbal consent is also will be an appropriate method to obtain consent from the participants themselves the best practice in currently would be if you are using even using the procedure of getting verbal consent then what you need to do is to get a witnessed to be present that will be able to read the information sheet the contents and information sheets through the participants and then when they agree verbally get the witnessed the consent form on the participants behalf if not then what you have to do is you will have to be the one reading out the information so that even though you're getting verbal consent the participants still will be getting information so that their consent despite being verbal is an informed one because they do understand what's involved in the research my fifth tip for you would be to always think about how you handle the data and how you store the data there are two time periods where you think about storing and handling data one is in a short-term and the other one would be the long term for a short-term storage usually you'll be collecting data in a field so you have to think about a security as well as a confidentiality of your short-term storage then you have to start thinking about how you're gonna back up the data are you going to back up where you are in a field or is it going to be backed up or when you reach let's say for example we could return to the University and you know you have to think about a frequency or the backup not just because it's important to save the data but also think about what if someone with malicious content gets hoard that data and uses it for sort of harmful purposes in terms of long-term storage many times people would want to use the research data over and over again for perhaps not just for publishing for your dissertation and PCs but also maybe for publishing a piece of paper or reanalyzing data for policy purposes so you have to then think about the security and how you manage long term storage usually what we recommend and we would actually encourage students as well as supervisors think about is the use of a data custodian the data custodian is the person who will be in charge of the data once it's been stored long term and will be responsible for its use as well as its disposal at the of the lifespan of the data itself now the sixth tip I have for you is if you are in doubt as to any aspect of the research ethics process always ask and seek advice from your