Research Top Tips

Make a systematic list of all the potential stakeholders in your research project. What are their interests in it, and are any likely to come into conflict with others?

As you read through your research reports, put yourself in the position of your participants: how would you feel if you were reading this account of your views or experiences? What impact might it have on their lives if the results were widely reported?

Gaining formal ethical approval for studies in health settings can be a burdensome process: make sure you allow for enough time for this before starting data collection.

Do offer participants a view of your outputs before they are in the public domain, if that is appropriate, but beware of offering a final veto on publication.