Ethics

Additional Information

TEACHING ETHICS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

Case 53. Informed Consent with Pre-testing Convenience Samples

Situation

A multidisciplinary research team is interested in mounting a large, multi-site study involving both individuals and organizations involved in urban poverty (e.g., the staff of welfare agencies, it administrators and its clients). In an attempt to get a better handle on how each of the "stake-holders", themselves, conceptualize issues and respond to how researchers are thinking about the work that they intend to do, the team decides to do a pre-test during a state-wide, annual conference that targets continuing education of workers and interested parties. The team secures an agreement from the conference organizers to set up a booth at the conference and distribute self-administered surveys which would be done on a voluntary basis.

Questions

  1. Has the team obtained sufficient "consent"?
  2. Does such an effort need to undergo review by an IRB?

Reflect on the above questions and form your own answers before clicking the discussion key to review the commentary provided with this case.

 

Discussion
Show/Hide