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A neon sign that says data has a better idea, by Franki Chamaki

Fundamentals

Who owns your research data

I’ve spoken with a lot of people over the last two years about privacy, data protection laws and people’s rights and specifically, what that means for us as researchers.

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A wall of CCTA cameras watching two women, by Matthew Henry

News

What does privacy mean for Research Ops in 2021?

2020 was, well 2020. Part of the mad scramble to move everything online put a lot of pressure on us all. We had to totally re-imagine how we do research, everything was suddenly up for grabs.

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Photo of someone on a beach at sunset, by Mohamed Nohassi

Fundamentals

Consent is freely given

There is a natural imbalance of power that exists between the researcher and the person they’re learning from. There are some things you can do which help to make the participant more comfortable.

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Photo of someone staring at a fridge with a lot of drinks in, by Henrik Dønnestad

Fundamentals

Decision Making Capacity

Decision making capacity (or DMC) comes from the informed consent doctrine; an ethical principle that is pervasive in modern medicine, but is often overlooked when talking about consent in the context of design research.

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Photo of someone collecting berries, by Milan Seitler

Fundamentals

The data we collect

Being aware of what we’re recording and what kind of processing we need to do to it not only helps communicate our intent, but it can also save a lot of work in synthesis.

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Photo of a woman having fun on a climbing frame, by Team Fredi

Fundamentals

Informed consent best practice

When we talk about informed consent in design research, we usually talk about the artifact itself - maybe a digital or paper form, and what should be disclosed in it.

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Photo of a woman thinking, by Tachina Lee

Features

Rethinking the consent template

We’ve been making some improvements to the way we create and utilise consent forms in Consent Kit.

Our initial research uncovered the following problems with creating consent forms:

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Photo of a small bird eating seeds from someone's hand, by Bonnie Kittle

Culture

How we handle participant data

At Consent Kit, we believe that how companies handle and process the information we provide them is fast becoming a key factor in deciding which services to use.

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Photo of someone typing on a laptop, by Stanley Dai

Fundamentals

Recording and managing informed consent

In the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a helpful checklist, in line with the GDPR, for how you record and manage informed consent.

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Photo of two toy figures shaking hands, by Paweł Czerwiński

Fundamentals

What is informed consent?

Before you do any research, you need to get evidence that the person you are learning from has understood your research, the potential consequences for them and that they have given you their permission to take part.

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Photo of colourful boards of different sizes on a wall, by Markus Spiske

Culture

Defining our culture

In 2016 I began working on a research project called Ethics Kit to understand how we could augment existing design thinking processes with ethical considerations; to ensure that the changes we are making benefit all aspects of society.

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