Anyone that is involved in research and evaluation – from academics to project managers – should always take time to ensure that their studies are designed and conducted in a way that is ethical.
Like more generally in life, ‘ethics’ in research relates to questions about what is right and wrong. At NPC’s Well-being Measure, we are very keen to promote good ethics in research, which is why we provide guidance on the subject. We outline the main issues you might want to think about relating to how you ask young people to participate, their confidentiality and avoiding harm.
None of this is anything out of the norm. Research ethics is mostly common sense, and is usually in everyone’s best interest. Conducting an ethical review of your research is like assessing any proposal – in essence it involves working out whether what you are doing is right or wrong, ensuring its integrity, and protecting the young people involved.
Ethics is important because, like all your work, your research is built on trust. So it is well worth making sure you meet the standards expected.