Research ethics

The IDS Research Ethics Policy details our commitment to promoting and upholding the highest ethical standards in our research as part of our commitment to engaged research excellence.

Essential principles are that our research:

  • avoids doing harm,
  • seeks informed and voluntary consent from those taking part,
  • respects confidentiality and anonymity,
  • makes findings and interpretations openly available,
  • where there is risk, takes adequate steps to minimise it.

In putting these into practice, IDS creates an environment in which our researchers are supported to act with care and also to engage in active and accountable ethical deliberation on the basis of clear principles. Respecting the autonomy and integrity of our researchers, IDS acts in support of their ethical conduct.

IDS provides an environment for ethical research that provides:

  • training and debate for all (raising awareness, sharing dilemmas, considering issues, exploring contingencies, generating understanding of and contributing to resources and procedures);
  • resources (checklists and formats, guidelines from different disciplinary/professional bodies, case studies and examples, peer based mentoring support before, during and after the project life cycle);
  • confidential engagement (discussion with members of the advisory board to raise concerns and discuss possible avenues for support and follow up);
  • mandatory procedures (this policy, approval processes, systematic responses to problems, reporting and monitoring).

Download the full IDS Research Ethics Policy (PDF)

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