Research provides us with powerful opportunities. The following ethical principles help guide us through some of the choices that this work can present.
Disclaimer: These principles are meant to serve in addition to your basic ethical obligations as public servants. They are for internal use only, and shared in the spirit of open source. If you have questions, contact your supervisor, GSA’s Privacy Office, or Ethics Legal counsel.
We respect the people who participate in our research and acknowledge
that they are experts on their own experiences.
Ways to demonstrate respect:
We have a responsibility to further the best interests of the people and the country we collectively serve. We avoid actions that might bring harm to our participants.
Ways to demonstrate responsibility:
Design research should never be covert or manipulative. We provide clear descriptions of our data practices in our Privacy Impact Assessment for Design Research.