While existing international and national codes set the general benchmark for ethical research across universities, industry and government in New Zealand, the settings that surround research in the international development sector are unique.
International development research and evaluation involves working with diverse communities, including vulnerable or ‘high risk‘ populations, in circumstances that can give rise to power imbalances. The additional ethical considerations involved in these research settings means that robust ethical practice is imperative to ensure activities adhere at a very minimum to the fundamental principle of ‘do no harm’.
This CID talk outlined the ‘why’ and the ‘what’ of ethical research and evaluation.
The speaker, Dr Philippa Smales, is the Business Development and Member Engagement Manager with the Council for International Development (CID). She previously managed the Research for Development Impact Network (RDI Network) in partnership with the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), and is finishing up a consultancy project on Ethical Research and Evaluation with ACFID and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.