How to implement The Accord: Recommendations
To help implement the Accord and the principles behind it users need to know:
How to conduct research ethically and with integrity (for researchers, managers and funders).
How to ensure research is conducted ethically and with integrity (for reviewers in research ethics appraisal).
How to supply evidence for effective policymaking (for researchers, managers, funders).
How to select good quality research (for science/policy advisors and policymakers).
How to evaluate the ethical impact of policies (for ALL above stakeholders).
Please go to the Toolbox for more details
How to assess that evidence is ethical?
How to check if the ‘Evidence Generating Organisation’ (EGO) has acted with integrity?
The key ethical questions to be asked about any research output, scientific finding, evidence-based policy advice or similar are:
WHO did WHAT to WHOM, WHEN, WHERE, HOW and WHY?
AND how were the findings PUBLISHED, DISSEMINATED &/or APPLIED?
AND what were the CONSEQUENCES of the use to which the findings were put? (EVALUATION)
By seeking the answers to these questions, it is possible to make a judgment about how ethically the research/analysis was conducted and if the researchers/analysts/advisors behaved with integrity. We provide you with a Toolbox that covers all of these elements. These are questions that can be asked of any EGO to judge how ethical their work is. We also provide some examples of the Toolbox ‘in use’.