Research Ethics

Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans – TCPS 2 (2018)

https://ethics.gc.ca/eng/tcps2-eptc2_2018_chapter1-chapitre1.html#b
Retrieved: April 11, 2020.

Where I come from we care. I sign on to these core principles:

The guidelines in this Policy are based on the following three core principles:

  • Respect for Persons
  • Concern for Welfare
  • Justice

These principles are complementary and interdependent. How they apply and the weight accorded to each will depend on the nature and context of the research being undertaken.

My little summary (and *one footnote)

PERSONS: Autonomy includes the ability to deliberate about a decision and to act based on that deliberation.

WELFARE: Impact on individuals of factors such as their physical, mental and spiritual health, as well as their physical, economic and social circumstances.

JUSTICE: Obligation[s*] to treat people fairly and equitably. Fairness entails treating all people with equal respect and concern. Equity requires distributing the benefits and burdens of research participation in such a way that no segment of the population is unduly burdened by the harms of research or denied the benefits of the knowledge generated from it.

I am on board with that!

This applies to studies in applied rhetoric.

* It is worth pluralizing obligations since they range from human fiduciary arrangements to environmental law obligations.