Research & Ethics

Overview


WHAT IS THE ETHICS COMMITTEE (EC): ROLE OF THE ETHICS COMMITTEE

The Ethics Committee’s (EC) main task is to review all proposed research of HSS staff and students, including their research collaborations with any external parties, to protect the welfare and rights of research participants/subjects (both human beings and animals).

It does so by ensuring that HSS researchers and their partners in research are committed to adopt and adhere to appropriate standards of professional behaviour when dealing with their research participants/subjects.


Who are the main contact persons in the HSS Ethics Committee?

Chair – Ms Gabrielle Lai
Lecturer/Diploma in Psychology Studies 

Tel: 67805800
Email: gablai@tp.edu.sg

Vice-Chair – Ms Kek Chee Hui
Lecturer/Diploma in Psychology Studies

Tel: 67805009
Email: kekch@tp.edu.sg


For general contact information / enquiries:
hssethics@tp.edu.sg

Submission Guidelines

You are required to submit an application for Ethics Approval if your research meets one of the following criteria:

  1. It involves the use of students and/or resources from the HSS Research Participant Pool (comprising of students in Temasek Polytechnic)
  2. It involves the presentation of results and findings at public events / conferences while representing Temasek Polytechnic (that are beyond teaching and learning purposes).
  3. It involves the use of findings for publication in journals, books and magazines etc. while representing Temasek Polytechnic.
  4. It involves HSS research collaborations (internal and/or external) while representing Temasek Polytechnic.

If your research meets any of the conditions above, please download the Ethics Approval Form and submit the completed Ethics Approval Form to: hssethics@tp.edu.sg


Expedited Review

Submit an Expedited Review Form if your research meets one of the following criteria:

  1. It was previously approved by HSS ethics committee, and you would like to request for an extension and/or make an amendment to your previously approved research study
  2. It was previously approved by a recognized IRB review board and are intending to use HSS resources to conduct your study

If your research meets any of the conditions above, please download the Expedited Review Form and submit the completed Expedited Review Form to: hssethics@tp.edu.sg

External researchers / research partners who require the use of HSS students and/or resources as research subjects/participants need to provide:

  1. His/her institution / organization’s Ethics Committee’s Approval Letter as evidence that the researcher is a bona fide member of the institution / organization and that the institution / organization’s EC has approved of the research proposal and collaboration with HSS
  2. Where appropriate, a Declaration To Share Research Findings and Conclusions with the relevant HSS subject teams and/or management

If you have any questions regarding any of the fore mentioned matters, please email hssethics@tp.edu.sg

EC Ethical Principles

WHAT ARE THE ETHICAL PRINCIPLES PROMOTED BY THE ETHICS COMMITTEE (EC)?

The evaluation of all research proposals is guided by four principles of HSS research policy:

  • Informed Consent
  • Minimal Risk
  • Debriefing
  • Confidentiality

(source: APA Ethical Standards Covering Treatment of Human Participants)


ADEQUACY OF THE INFORMED CONSENT TO RESEARCH

The brief that the researcher provides the participant orally, in writing or both is known as the informed consent.

Generally, the researcher will provide a brief description of: 

  • The general purpose of the research
  • The research methods, activities and procedures you will be involved in
  • Any potential risks or discomfort that may result from the research
  • Who to contact to find out more about the research or its procedures
  • The right to terminate your participation during the research without penalty or prejudice


MINIMUM RISK EVALUATION

The researcher is obliged to assess and anticipate any risks or discomforts that may result from the research participant’s participation in the research/experiment and brief the Participant accordingly.

At all times, the researcher has to avoid risking anyone with whom he/she works with. Where risk is predictable and unavoidable, the researcher has to take steps to minimize it. These risks/discomforts may be physical, physiological, emotional and/or social in nature.

This brief should likewise highlight any potential benefits that the participant may gain from the research participation.


APPROPRIATE DEBRIEFING

The debrief provides the participant an overview of what had happened during the process of research participation. It allows the researcher to address any issues or discomfort as well as correct any misconceptions the participant may have pertaining to the research.

An adequate debrief should:

  • summarize the nature, results and conclusions of the research
  • be conducted promptly after the research
  • reduce and minimize the risk of harm by providing useful resources where the Research Participants can seek further advice or help


APPROPRIATE HANDLING OF RESEARCH DATA & MAINTENANCE OF CONFIDENTIALITY

The researcher is bound by professional ethics to take precautions to protect all obtained and stored confidential data. Similarly, the researcher cannot disclose any confidential information that may lead to the identification of the research participant or any organizational subject.

At the start of the research, the Researcher should point out to the research participant:

  • who is authorized to view and use the data
  • how this data will be used
  • the risks to privacy

If you have any questions regarding any of the fore mentioned matters, please email hssethics@tp.edu.sg