This guidance document provides detailed advice on how to conduct research/evaluation safely and ethically. It also considers a range of common ethical issues experienced by researchers/evaluators. It is divided into sections, each addressing a different theme, that together provide a comprehensive guide to the most common approaches to research/evaluation in the sector.

Each of the sections will be more or less relevant, depending on the type of study you are undertaking.

Early-career researchers/evaluators may want to start with Section C, which describes the ‘standard approach’ to research ethics. This approach embodies a strong, explicit commitment to individual rights and is appropriate for low-risk studies.

The guidance document also includes a series of pro-formas for research ethics documents that may be helpful to users, as well as a list of other research guidance documents freely available online.

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