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ERIC Number: EJ784667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Ethical Dilemmas in Evaluations Using Indigenous Research Workers
Alexander, Leslie B.; Richman, Kenneth A.
American Journal of Evaluation, v29 n1 p73-85 2008
This article addresses ethical dilemmas experienced by street-level research and evaluation workers recruiting and gathering data in community-based research projects. The authors focus on a subgroup of street-level research workers, whom they call research extenders (REs), employed because they share important characteristics with the target population. Like other street-level research workers, some REs are single role (only do research work) and others are dual role (do research work and provide services). They discuss relevant literature and findings from pilot focus groups exploring how REs understand responsible ethical conduct in their research work in the community. REs face ethical issues somewhat different from those of more traditional, non-indigenous street-level research workers. These issues increase social risk for study participants and could compromise the validity of data. Researchers need to be aware of and address the distinctive set of ethical issues raised by research and evaluation projects employing indigenous, street-level research workers. (Contains 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A