If your research involves human subjects, you need to comply to the Concordia Policy for the Ethical Review of Research Involving Humans (VPRGS-3). To learn more about Concordia’s research ethics policies and procedures, please consult this page from the Office of Research.
When managing research data dealing with human subjects, keep in mind that the confidentiality of your respondents is paramount. You should start thinking about preserving confidentiality from the very beginning of your research project. At the same time, consider how best to share your data at the conclusion of your research project.
In particular, pay attention to the following elements:
Despite what some researchers believe, even sensitive data can be ethically shared within the research community provided that adequate measures are taken. Make sure not to write your consent form in a way that would impose unnecessary limitations on how your data can be reused. Remember that it is usually very difficult or even impossible to retroactively obtain consent to share data.
When creating your consent form, consider the following elements: