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Ethical Codes and Guidelines

Academy of Criminal Justice Science, Code of Ethics

ADM Arbeitskreis Deutscher Markt- und Sozialforschungsinstitute (Working Group of German market and Social Studies Institute)

  • Richtlinie fur die Aufzeichnung und Beobachtung von Gruppendiskussionen und qualitativen Einzelinterviews
  • Richtlinie fur Beobachtungen bei demoskopischen Untersuchungen
  • Richtinie fur telefonische Befragungen
  • Richtlinie fur die Befragungen von Minderjahrigen
  • Richtlinie fur die Veroffentlichung von Ergebnissen der Wahlforschung
  • Richtlinie zum Umgang mit Adressen in der Markt- und Soczialforschung
  • Richtlinie for Online-Befragungen
  • Standards zur Qualitatssicherung in der Markt- und Sozialforschung
  • Standards zur Qualitatssicherung fur Online-Befragungen
  • Checkliste fur Auftraggeber von Online-Befragungen
  • Eklarung fur das Gebiet der Bundesrepublik Deutschland zum IHK/ESOMAR Internationalen Kodex fur die Praxis der Markt- und Sozialforschung
  • IHK/ESOMAR Internationaler Kodex fur die Praxis der Markt- und Sozialforschung

African Evaluation Association, African Evaluation Guidelines

American Anthropological Association, Code of Ethics

American Association for Public Administration (ASSA)

American Association for Public Opinion Research, Code of Professional Ethics and Practices

American Association for Public Opinion Research, Protection of Human Participants in Survey Research

American Association of University Professors, Statement on Professional Ethics

American Educational Research Association, Ethical Standards of AERA

American Evaluation Society

  • Guiding Principles for Evaluators
  • Educational Program Evaluation Standards
  • Personnel Evaluation Standards

American Historical Association, Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct 2003

American Political Science Association, Guide to Professional Ethics in Political Science

American Psychological Association, Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code do Conduct

American Sociological Association, Code of Ethics

American Society for Public Administration, Code of Ethics

American Statistical Association, Ethical Guidelines for Statistical Practice

American Statistical Association, Surveys and Privacy

Asociacion de Estudiantes de Ciencia Politica y Sociologia, Code of Ethics for the Psychologist

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Association for Institutional Research, Code of Ethics

Association of Internet Researchers, Ethical Decision-making and Internet Research

Association of Learned and Professional Publishers (ALPSP), Copyright Directive UK — ‘Library privilege’, ‘Inter-library loan’ and archival copying

Association of Social Science Researchers (New Zealand), Code of Ethics

Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, Code of Ethics

Australian Computer Society, Code of Ethics

Belgium: Fédération belge des psychologues, Code de déontologie

Belmont Report (1979), National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioural research: Ethical Principles and guidelines for the protection of human subjects of research

Berufsverband Deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen, Ethische Richtlinien der DGPs und des BDP

British Association for Applied Linguistics, Recommendations on Good Practice in Applied Linguistics

British Educational Research Association, Ethical Guidelines

British National Union of Journalists, Code of Conduct

British Psychological Society, Code of Conduct for Psychologists

British Society of Criminology, Code of Research Ethics

British Sociological Association

  • Authorship guidelines for academic papers
  • Good professional conduct
  • Statement of ethical practice
  • Anti sexist/racist/ ablist and non-disablist language
  • Employment of staff
  • Dealing with sexual harassment

Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct

Canadian Psychological Association (2000), Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists

Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Code of Professional Ethics

Centre for Research Ethics Göteborg University

Council of American Survey Research Organisations (CASRO), CASRO Code of Standard and Ethics for Survey Research

Dartington Social Research Unit, Youth at Risk Evaluation: Ethics Statement

Department for Work and Pensions (2003), Doing the Right Thing: Outlining the DWP’s approach to ethical and legal issues in social research, (Jo Bacon and Karl Olsen), Working Paper No.11

Economic and Social Research Council: Research Ethics and Confidentiality

Ethical Practitioners’ Association of Canada (EPAC), Ethical Standards

EthnicNet, Database for European Codes of Journalism Ethics

European Federation of Professional Psychological Associations (1995), Meta code of ethics

ESOMAR — World Association of Opinion & Marketing Research Professionals (European Society for Opinion & Marketing Research)

  • International Code of Marketing & Social Research Practices
  • Opinion Polls
  • How to commission research
  • Maintaining distinctions between marketing research and direct marketing
  • Interviewing children & young people
  • Mystery shopping
  • Tape & video recording & client observation of interviews and group discussions
  • Marketing & opinion research using the Internet
  • Internet Privacy Policies and privacy statements
  • ESOMAR Arbitration service.

Finland: National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (NESH), Guidelines for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences, Law and the Humanities

German Evaluation Society, Evaluation Standards

Gesellschaft für Informatik, Ethical Guidelines

Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS), Code of Ethics

International Sociological Association, Code of Ethics

International Statistical Institute, Declaration on Professional Ethics

Lawrence Hinman’s Ethics Update site

Market Research Society, Code of Conduct

  • Guidance on the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003
  • Free Prize Draws Guidance Note
  • Guidance Note: How to Apply the MRS Code of Conduct in Employee Research
  • Guidelines for Research Among Children and Young People
  • Internet Research Interim Guidance Note (also draft internet guidelines)
  • MRS Guidelines on Mystery Customer Research
  • Qualitative Research Guidelines (also see new revised draft)
  • Quantitative Data Collection Guidelines
  • Questionnaire Design Guidelines
  • The Responsibilities of Interviewers.

Management of Social Transformations (MOST), Ethical Guidelines for International Comparative Social Science Research in the framework of MOST

NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Washington DC (formerly National Association of Foreign Student Advisers), Code of Ethics

National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, Guidelines for research ethics in the social sciences, law and the humanities

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA), Ethical Guidelines for Practitioners

National Association of Social Workers, Code of Ethics

National Committee for Ethics in Social Science Research in Health (NCESSRH), Ethical Guidelines for Social Science research in Health

National Disability Authority

  • Guidelines for Including People with Disabilities in Research
  • Using Emancipatory Methodologies in Disability Research

National Statistics, Code of Practice

  • Code of Practice – Statement of Principles
  • Protocol on Customer Service
  • Protocol on Data Presentation, Dissemination and Pricing
  • Protocol on Professional Competence
  • Protocol on Managing Respondent Load
  • Protocol on Quality Management
  • Protocol on Revisions
  • Protocol on User Consultation
  • Protocol on Data Access and Confidentiality
  • Protocol on Data Management, Documentation and Preservation
  • Protocol on Data Matching
  • Protocol on Statistical Integration
  • Compliance with the Code and Protocols
  • Public Consultation on the Code and Protocols

National Union of Journalists, Code of Conduct

New Zealand Psychological Society, Code of Ethics

New Zealand Statistical Association, Code of Conduct

Nuremberg Code

Philippine Health Social Science Association, Ethics for Social Research in Health: the phssa guidelines

SABRE, An Ethical Code for Researching ‘Race’, Racism and Anti-racism in Scotland,

SEVAL-Standards: The Swiss Evaluation Society

Social Research Association, Ethical Guidelines 2002

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical conduct for research involving humans (Medicine, Science and Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities)

Society for Applied Anthropology, Statement of Ethical and Professional Responsibilities

Sociological Association of Aotearo — New Zealand, Code of Ethics

South African Political Science Association, Code of Ethics

Spain: Colego Oficial de Psycólogos Codigo deontologico del psicologo

Swiss Evaluation Society, Evaluation Standards

UNICEF Evaluation Office, Children Participating in Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) — Ethics and Your Responsibilities as a Manager, Evaluation Technical Notes, No.1, April 2002

UK Evaluation Society, Good Practice Guidelines

UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), Code of Practice 2002

World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki, Ethical Principles for Medical Research involving human subjects (Amended 2000)