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Research Suggests….But Does It?

June 13, 2017

Society is overwhelmed with information on outcomes of research. Individuals are bombarded daily with messages containing claims, such as “research indicates”, “studies show” or “scientific evidence supports”. For most people, seeing these statements instills a sense of comfort and reassurance that the research they are reading about has been rigorously carried out and can be relied upon to inform the decisions they make.

But what exactly is behind the research that supports the claims society tends to take at face value? Has the research been completed in an ethical manner? Have the proper steps in producing reliable scientific evidence been followed appropriately?

The University of Saskatchewan is a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities and we are proud of the world class research being conducted here. Every day, University of Saskatchewan researchers are engaged in research that holds the potential to impact peoples’ lives in any number of ways. As such, it is of utmost importance that the University of Saskatchewan ensures the responsible and ethical conduct of all research conducted here.

College of Nursing’s Dr. R. Anne Springer, alongside collaborator Dr. Michael Clinton from the American University of Beruit, are looking to explore relationships between ethical leadership, positive research cultures and the protection of human participants in research. If you are part of the University of Saskatchewan community – student, faculty member, senior administrator, staff, etc. – you are invited to share your voice in terms of your experiences regarding the University’s research culture. Please take a few moments to review the consent form and complete the survey.