Analysis, research and evaluation

These are examples of things you might do to apply the Principles in roles where you are doing any kind of analysis, research or evaluation using data and information that comes from the social sector.

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This Principle is upheld when you...

  • Are clear how using this information in this way has a real, tangible benefit to people.
  • Use careful checks and balances to inform your work – for example management review of proposals, discussion with an ethics committee, discussion with service users/groups, involvement of Māori or other impact groups to inform the approach and use of outputs.
  • Consult widely and invite review of the purpose, cultural appropriateness and proposed outcome of your work. Especially when there is not an ethics committee in your organisation or your work is not suitable to be presented.

This Principle is upheld when you...

  • Actively consider the needs, aspirations and realities of those who have provided the data and information you are working with.
  • Include service users or communities in designing the use of data and information - do they see this as a legitimate and respectful thing to do? Is the work incorporating their needs and priorities?
  • Advocate for and support Kaupapa Māori and 'for Pacific people by Pacific people' research and evaluation.

This Principle is upheld when you...

  • Are transparent and open with service users – you do this by providing easy to understand information for service users or research participants that explains what information about them is needed, why, and what is done with it.
  • Get informed consent to use any information or data (even aggregated or de-identified). If this is not possible then consult widely about the ethics of this and still make sure people understand what is recorded about them, why and what happens with it.
  • Develop ways for service users to access and have copies of their specific information if it is identifiable as it moves from one use to another.
  • Collect and use the minimal information required possible. 

This Principle is upheld when you...

  • Recognise you have unique privilege in your work which comes with an obligation to care for and respect the information people have shared and you use in your work.
  • Ensure that personal information collected on your behalf by other organisations is only accessible to those involved in the research/analysis, and only to the degree necessary. Also make it safe and easy for those collecting it.
  • Use the correct technical processes, methods and approaches for the kind of analysis or research you are doing.
  • Use the safest data management processes and tools you can to protect, transfer and store data and information.

This Principle is upheld when you...

  • Co-design work so it meets a clear need, is relevant and respectful, includes the perspective and knowledge of other agencies – include them on ethics committees or in processes.
  • Talk with those who collect information you use about how the results of your work can be applicable and useful to them. Provide help and support to others to understand and use data and results in their work.
  • Invite other professionals to do work with you to share and grow skills and knowledge.
  • Make data and data-sets easily available to others whenever it is safe.
  • Proactively release findings, results or advice in an understandable way for a wide range of people.