Queen's professor leads evaluation of national ethics program
The Centre for Teaching and Learning’s Denise Stockley is the principal investigator of a research team that will evaluate a national education program about navigating the ethics of human research. The team has received a Tri-Council Grant worth $74,500 for the project.
“What we’re involved in is looking at what people know going into the program, collecting data as they do the program, getting their feedback and following up to see what they know after the program,” says Dr. Stockley, Acting Director of the CTL.
In 2001, Canada’s three federal research agencies – the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – jointly created the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) as part of a collaborative effort to promote the ethical conduct of research involving human participants.
The panel develops, interprets and implements the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS), and recently created the second edition of the statement, TCPS 2.
The Canada-wide team, which also includes Queen’s professors Albert Clark, Penina Lam, and Joan Stevenson, will evaluate the effectiveness of the TCPS 2 educational program. Professionals, graduate students and administrators from a wide range of fields from psychology and medicine to engineering and statistics will attend program training sessions in the coming months. The sessions will be held across Canada.
In addition to an overall evaluation of the program, the team will report back after each training session so that subsequent sessions are as effective as possible.