*Updated October 2017
About the website
To guide students in the process of Ethics in Design Research I’ve been asked by the HREC (Human Research Ethics Committee) of the TU Delft to design a form that allows students to determine if their research is ethical or requires further actions. At each stage of the form, there will be asked a series of questions. Answering by selecting the YES or NO buttons and/or describe the reasons why a certain action might be necessary will lead to a Personal Ethical Research Sheet.
The form required additional instructions based on a particular response. Incorporating this type of logic creates a user-friendly experience for participants. It allows them to complete forms in a fast, efficient manner.
Why a Personal Ethics Research Sheet is necessary.
Human subjects research is exactly what it sounds like. It is research that uses people as the subjects of experiments or studies. It can include giving people new drugs, doing tests on their blood, even having them take surveys. Researchers have a duty to treat the people they study ethically and respectfully. In particular, it is important to make sure that researchers do not exploit their subjects.
As a publicly-funded organization, TU Delft considers integrity and the ethical aspects of the professional behavior of all its staff and students to be extremely important. TU Delft assumes that all staff involved in research and education will take personal responsibility in matters concerning academic and scientific integrity within the organization.