The RESPECT project is not just designed for the research community itself. It also addresses research users: especially the policy-makers who commission research or manage calls for tender, the evaluators and reviewers who are involved in awarding research contracts and other research funders, including charitable foundations, companies and NGOs.
Some basic advice to non-socio-economic experts has been compiled into a Users Guide. This has sections on:
- What is socio-economic research?
- Who needs socio-economic research?
- What to look for in a research proposal
- Anatomy of a typical international inter-disciplinary research project
- Who owns what? Intellectual property in socio-economic research
- Data protection, security and confidentiality
- Professional conduct
This guide is aimed primarily at the IST community, but is expected to have a broader relevance to other users of technology-related IST research, including amongst industrial users and government funders of research, as well as on training courses in both academic and corporate environments.