Conducting your research

Managing your data

Dealing with data is a key facet of research ethics, regardless of whether you are collecting new data, or if you are using existing data for secondary analysis or review.  Data management is also increasingly highlighted by funders and research ethics committees as an explicit priority for researchers. In part this reflects the legal requirements of the Data Protection Act, but this concern is fundamentally rooted in key ethics principles, about the anonymity and confidentiality that participants are promised when they give informed consent.

You can find useful detailed guidance on data management by looking at th the Economic and Social Data Service Data Management Guides and the UK Data Archive guide to Managing and Sharing Data.

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