Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure Agreement for Transcription Services

Confidentiality Agreement

Non-disclosure agreements, also known as Confidentiality agreements or simply NDAs, are made to guarantee that information, which one party discloses to another party, is not disclosed to a third party and only used for a specific purpose outlined in the agreement. In your research project, non-disclosure agreements are an extension of your informed consent process. If you’re going to share the data you’ve collected, as part of your dissertation research, with other members of your team; research assistants, transcribers, coders et. al., you need to enter into a confidentiality agreement with them to guaranteed your research subjects confidentiality. This is required by most IRBs (Institution Review Boards). Signing a non-disclosure agreement with your transcriber allows you to share your interview and focus group recordings. It is, important, however to ensure that the transcriber has taken steps to maintain data security before signing a contract. What are some of the questions you should ask your transcriber… Continue reading…

Informed Consent Form

Informed Consent

Informed Consent is a voluntary agreement to participate in academic research. It’s not simply a form that is signed, but a process. In which the research subject has an understanding of the research being undertaken and its risk. The purpose of the informed consent process is to offer sufficient information, so that a participant can make an informed decision about whether or not to sign up for a research study and/or to continue participation. Social research ethics are closely aligned to medical research ethics (see Beauchamp & Childress, 2001). Following the evidence of abuse experienced by human research ‘subjects’ during the Second World War, frameworks for ethical medical research were developed and were enshrined first in the Nuremberg Code (1947) and later in the Helsinki Declaration (1964). According to Beauchamp and Childress (2001), literature on informed consent agrees that the five fundamental elements of informed consent are: i) disclosure, ii) understanding, iii) voluntariness, iv) competence,… Continue reading…