Consent is freely given

March 12, 2020

There is a natural imbalance of power that exists between the researcher and the person they’re learning from. There are lots of ways to address this, from making the person comfortable at the beginning of a session to using games as a research method.

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Decision Making Capacity

March 05, 2020

Decision making capacity (or DMC) comes from the informed consent doctrine; an ethical principle that is pervasive in modern medicine, but is often overlooked when talking about consent in the context of design research.

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The data we collect

February 28, 2020

Being aware of what we’re recording and what kind of processing we need to do to it not only helps communicate our intent, but it can also save a lot of work in synthesis. Thinking about this ahead of time gives us a great opportunity to be creative in finding ways that we can tell meaningful stories with less PII in.

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Informed consent best practice

February 21, 2020

When we talk about informed consent in design research, we usually talk about the artifact itself - maybe a digital or paper form, and what should be disclosed in it. While knowing what we need to disclose is important, informed consent is more than a single artifact or transaction.

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Rethinking the consent template

October 25, 2019

We’ve been making some improvements to the way we create and utilise consent forms in Consent Kit.

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How we handle participant data

May 24, 2019

At Consent Kit, we believe that how companies handle and process the information we provide them is fast becoming a key factor in deciding which services to use.

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Recording and managing informed consent

April 10, 2019

In the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a helpful checklist, in line with the GDPR, for how you record and manage informed consent.

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What is informed consent?

April 03, 2019

Before you do any research, you need to get evidence that the person you are learning from has understood your research, the potential consequences for them and that they have given you their permission to take part. This applies to people both outside and inside your organisation.

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Defining our culture

March 27, 2019

In 2016 I began working on a research project called Ethics Kit to understand how we could augment existing design thinking processes with ethical considerations; to ensure that the changes we are making benefit all aspects of society.

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