Today I attend a research ethics presentation. When you conduct research in the UK you have obligations. They are
Scottish UK and international Law
Requirement of our funding source
Rules of other organisations
Good professional practice
The university will conduct a ethical approval process. All research projects go through this. The aim is to let you conduct your research legally safely and ethically. Its there to protect me if something goes wrong.
What challenges could there be?
Harm psychological or physical to participants
Harm to researcher
Harm to the reputation of the university..
Protect the participant’s rights and privacy
Protection of data
Ethical scrutiny complies with statutory regulations.
To conform with informal conventions of good practice.
As a professional you should be respecting the effects of my work on other people.
The road I take will no doubt have a code of conduct, which I should probably speak to Music in Hospitals about.
Question. Would I be happy to sit down with a journalist and defend my subject?
My project won’t involve vulnerable person though my live performance will be present to people in care.
There will be no filming of people secretly
No asking for personal information from people
No physical danger
No major negative moods shifts
No expressing of offence material
The research is not deceptive.
The steps will be to complete an approval form and describe your project. This needs to be checked and approved. It then needs to be submitted to the school office. The AMG ethics committee will then review it. The response will be done through email..
Get the latest version of the form and complete it. The link is on blackboard.
Abertay email Address
Main aim project – why I’m doing the project
Project start date
Proposed end date
Is your project literature based – NO
Outline of project – Tell them how your planning to do the project what kind of work you will be doing?
What sort of experiments will you perform?
What will you do in them what will others do in them?
What questions will they be trying to answer?
When writing the outline of the project I need to assume that the people reading it do not know anything about the project so that style pf writing must be adhered to.
ETHICAL ISSUE – fill in this section with what challenges could be raised.
There will be humans involved that are in care.
Will your performance have an effect on people?
Could it contravene any regulations such as copywriter? If so what safeguards are there?
Have you discussed this through with your supervisor?
What type of research methods will I use?
Practice based research.
Will this involve?
Open observations of participants
Concealed of participants
Human Participants? What is the intended number of participants, who are they? How will they be recruited? Will the research cause anxiety stress or embarrassment?
Written explanation of the project
There should be confidentiality and anonymity.
HEALTH AND SAFETY - what equipment will you be using will it be PAT tested if electrical? Musicians union public liability insurance.
Dr Kenny session
Had a session with Dr Kenny in the morning about the research proposal. It was really useful. The research I have done set me up in good stead for the interview. While typing out my presentation I realised I had started this or started thinking about the direction of the research probably 2 years ago.
It was a moment of realisation in the Music in Hospital presentation In 2012 that help me or pushed me towards starting to set this up.
Over the last week I have started to look more at music and healing and I have been listening to peoples stories on how music has helped them with healing. I feel there is something in this.
I came up with the question “How much does live music benefit people in care.?” Then during my conversation with Dr Kenny I started to think about how to quantify the study and how much value is placed on the actions I could do.
I have said before that qualitative research, field research with Music in Hospitals. This where I will be able to gather the data I need.
It will be important that I am able to sell this to the ethics comity commenting on the fact it will adhere to the codes of conduct set.
POINTS TO CONSIDER TO COLLECT DATA
Reports of the care providers
What are the quantifiable measurements for how live music benefits people in care?