Ethical Research

1. Discusses the informed consent process. Includes informed consent form in an appendix and lists in the Table of Contents.
2. Discusses participant procedures for withdrawing from the study.
3. Describesanyincentivesforparticipating.
4. Clarifies measures that the student will use to assure that the ethical protection of participants is adequate.
5. Refers to agreement documents in the (a) appendices, and (b) Table of Contents.
6. Includes statement that the student will store the data securely for 5 years to protect confidentiality of participants.
7. Final Doctoral Study includes the Walden IRB approval number.
8. Identifies how the student will protect names of individuals or organizations to keep the participants and organizations confidential.
9. It is recommended to support claims and decisions with multiple scholarly peer-reviewed or seminal sources (as appropriate).
Ethical Research
Each research study comes with its own set of specific ethical issues. Thus, a rubric cannot address all possible scenarios. Therefore, it will be helpful to review the IRB Application Form before you complete this component to ensure you address any requirements not identified in the rubric or Research Handbook. However, as a minimum, discuss the informed consent process. Include a copy of the informed consent form in an appendix and list the informed
consent form in the Table of Contents. Discuss participant procedures for withdrawing from the study. Describe any applicable incentives. Clarify measures for assuring the ethical protection of participants is adequate. Agreement documents are to be listed in the (a) text of the study, (b) appendices and (c) Table of Contents. Include a statement that data will be maintained in a safe place for 5-years to protect rights of participants. Ensure you indicate that the final doctoral manuscript will include the Walden IRB approval number. Ensure the document does not include names or any other identifiable information of individuals or organizations.
Each participant in your study must give written consent to take part in the data collection phase of the work. Moreover, as a researcher following the protocols of the Belmont Report, you must ensure that your participants have a full understanding of their part in the study. Finally, you must ensure that participants understand that they may withdraw from your study at any time without penalty, and how to withdraw from the study.
It is a good practice to complete the first draft of your IRB application while completing the ethics section as well as Section 2. Consider: (a) writing a sentence about your plan to share a summary of the findings with the study participants, and (b) do not use the term anonymous for qualitative studies if you will be interviewing or knowing whom the participants are. Qualitative researchers can protect the confidentiality but not the anonymity of participants because the researcher will know who the participants are. Depending upon the data collection method, quantitative researchers may be able to protect participants’ anonymity.


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