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ERIC Number: ED118586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Protecting Individual Privacy in Evaluation Research.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Committee on Federal Agency Evaluation Research.
The Committee on Federal Agency Evaluation Research believes that evaluation of government programs is very much in the public interest and should not endanger the privacy of individuals who give information about themselves. It will not be easy to work out procedures and legal arrangements that balance the conflicting objectives of fostering accountability in government and protecting individual privacy. Special efforts must be made in two areas: (1) protecting evaluation research data from accidental release or malicious misuse by unauthorized persons; (2) protecting people who give information about themselves in the course of evaluation research or social experimentation from having that information used in a court or legislative inquiry. The Committee believes that these efforts should receive high-priority attention in federal agencies, the Congress, and the research community. It is the Committee's hope that this Report and its appendices will contribute to informed debate on these issues. The appendices contain two papers: "Confidentiality-Preserving Modes of Access to Files and to Interfile Exchange for Useful Statistical Analysis" and "A Researcher's Shield Statute: Guarding Against the Compulsory Disclosure of Research Act." (Author/RC)
Descriptors: Accountability, Civil Liberties, Confidentiality, Data Collection, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Program Evaluation, Research, Research Utilization
Printing and Publishing Office, National Academy at Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418 ($7.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Committee on Federal Agency Evaluation Research.