Good, A. (2020). Disability Research Ethics. In R. Iphofen (Ed.), Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity (p. pp 1-19). Springer Nature Switzerland AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76040-7_30-1
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD 2006)
has the potential to transform ethical practice in disability research across the
globe. This chapter outlines the current knowledge base in the field of ethics in
disability research, especially with regard to the UN Convention, its contents and
their implementation. The chapter concludes with some proposals on ways to
ensure that the Convention’s potential is fully realized.
It is not always the case that research which investigates the lives of disabled
people is conducted in accordance with normal ethical principles and the Convention explicitly addresses this problem. Disability research often presents
particular challenges when aiming to achieve full operationalization in this
field, of the normal core research principles with regard to ethics, such as
informed consent, confidentiality, privacy, respect, and equality. These requirements are not always met since researchers, along with research funders and managers, may not be well trained or informed in the field. Indeed, some
practitioners overtly avoid ethical requirements because of their resource implications. When these principles are inadequately addressed, the resulting research
is of reduced quality and can damage trust in the research process among disabled
people. There is a danger that poor-quality research conducted without careful
attention to ethical practice leads to a poor knowledge base underpinning changes
in policy and service provision for disabled people.
This chapter discusses the impact of the UNCRPD on ethics in disability
research, both in terms of its potential and the progress to date. Strategies for
increasing the scope and pace of change are also proposed. The author has several
decades of active disability research experience focusing on global, European,
and national levels. This work has included contributing to the development of
guidelines for good ethical practice in disability research, with the WHO ICF
FDRG and the UN Washington City Group on Disability Statistics during the
period 2003–2015, as well as for the European Union and the Irish government
(2002–2007). Lessons have been drawn from this work, and general principles
are accompanied by proposals for future development.
In dem vom BMBF geförderten Projekt FeKoM werden Empfehlungen für forschungsethisches Handeln in der Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft systematisch erarbeitet, empirisch fundiert und der Scientific Community zur Verfügung gestellt.