Research at Langara is supported through the Langara College Research Ethics Board and a commitment to quality assurance.
On April 27, 2016, a panel of experts provided an overview of challenges and solutions to ethical problems that arise in creating and disseminating research surveys and questionnaires. The issues discussed included:
- Dealing with socially and personally sensitive topic
- Protecting privacy and confidentiality, including avoiding indirect identification of research participants and issues raised by online survey platforms
- Gender-inclusive and gender-sensitive data collection
- Recruitment for online and other surveys
- Recognition of participants' research contributions
The panel was moderated by Dr. John Russell (Langara). The presenters were Terry Howard (Positive Living BC/Langara), Jean Ruiz (UBC), and Dina Shafey (SFU).
On October 16, 2015, Dr. Ted Palys visited Langara College to present a fascinating talk on recent developments in Canadian case law and ethical issues regarding the protection of confidentiality when it comes to research information provided by research participants.
Dr. Palys is a professor in the School of Criminology and an associate member of the Department of First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU). His most recent publication is a 2014 book co-authored with John Lowman called, Protecting Research Confidentiality: What Happens When Law and Ethics Collide.
The event was organized by Dr. John Russell, Chair of the Langara Research Ethics Board, in partnership with Langara's Scholarly Activity Steering Committee. We encourage Langara faculty and researchers to share the video, especially those who are teaching students in the area of research ethics.