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Evaluating systems change and place-based approaches – Online Course – November, 2019

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Aliki September 23, 2019

It is important to think about ethics when we are collecting stories from individuals. You should develop processes to track consent right from the start.


There are three key ethical issues to consider when collecting stories for MSC:

  1. Voluntary participation
  2. n
  3. Informed consent
  4. n
  5. Privacy and storing information
  6. n

When a storyteller tells a story, the person collecting the story needs to explain how the story is going to be used and to check that the storyteller is happy for the story to be used in that way.


Also ask the storyteller whether they would like their name to accompany the story. If not, delete their name from the story from then on.


If possible, give the storyteller the option to review their story, particularly if you have edited it in any way.


If a person or group is mentioned or identifiable within a story not told by them, ask the storyteller to check whether they are happy for their name to be mentioned in the story. If a storyteller wants to tell a story about a third party without naming them, protect the identity of that person.


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