Reporting and dissemination
Ethical and regulatory issues do not finish once the data collection is completed. Once you have your data, you will still have a number of obligations to fulfil. You will have a responsibility to produce certain outputs, you will have responsibilities concerning the way that you portray your subjects and participants, and in the way you write up your reports. This section aims to help you clarify the ethics questions at this stage of the research process.
Research ethics refers to ‘the moral principles guiding research, from its inception through to completion and publication of results and beyond’ (ESRC 2010 p40). Ethics principles still apply when you are writing up your research – that’s something you need to address when applying for ethics approval.