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See also the special issue of Social Networks on ethics. Vol 27, # 2.

Steven Corman wrote:

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>During a panel discussing this issue at Sunbelt a couple of years ago,
>there seemed to be consensus that Sam's is the argument we all need to
>make in cases like this.  Unless there is some particularly sensitive
>behavior involved (drug use, HIV, incest, etc.) a network survey
>presents no special risks beyond those associated with any other
>empirical study of a social system.  It would be just as likely to learn
>about my relationship with X in an unstructured interview, for instance.
>Yet IRBs don't ask researchers using those methods to get permission
>from all of their interviewees' acquaintances.  That would be
>ridiculous, as it is in the case of routine social networks research.
>
>There also seemed to be consensus that it is important to push back
>firmly in these cases before overzealous IRBs shut down the whole social
>networks research enterprise.  I wonder: Do IRBs accept as "precedent"
>the decisions of other IRBs?  If so then maybe one step INSNA could take
>is to collect proposals by members that have recently been approved.
>That could provide a resource for people making these arguments, and it
>might help seed/support the policy that Borgatti proposed.
>
>Steve
>
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>Steven R. (Steve) Corman
>Professor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
>Arizona State University
>http://www.public.asu.edu/~corman
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>Chair, Organizational Communication Division
>International Communication Association
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Social Networks Discussion Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
>Behalf Of Sam Friedman
>Sent: Monday, October 03, 2005 10:19 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: [SOCNET] [Fwd: How to address the IRB's concern]
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>We have had the IRB accept our argument that the risk to the Alters is
>minimal given very good confidentiality safeguards.  They do have the
>right to accept a "minimal risk" argument.
>sam
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>Sam Friedman
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>>>>Rachel Garshick Kleit <[log in to unmask]> 10/3/2005 12:02:28
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>PM >>>
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>The alternative to contacting everyone on the list is one where the
>names of
>the alters is kept confidential from the researcher.  With egocentric
>network information, you do not need to retain the names of the people
>after
>asking questions about them.  I've used surveys where I only collect
>the
>first name of the alter or assign a letter to them.  After the survey
>is
>completed, the identifier is retained, but the name is not.  When I've
>explained this to the IRB, they have accepted the method as protecting
>the
>rights of the alters.
>
>If one intends to contact the alters in the network, then the issues
>are
>slightly different, but I've not had experience there.
>
>Rachel Garshick Kleit, PhD
>Assistant Professor
>Evans School of Public Affairs
>University of Washington
>Box 353033
>209C Parrington Hall
>Seattle, WA 98195-3055
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>fax: 206 685 9044
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>homepage: http://www.evansuw.org/fac/Kleit/
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Steve Borgatti" <[log in to unmask]>
>To: <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Monday, October 03, 2005 8:50 AM
>Subject: Re: [Fwd: How to address the IRB's concern]
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>>One thing that would help long-term is if INSNA had a document
>>
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>giving
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>>guidelines for ethically appropriate social network research. This
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>would
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>>allow researchers to point their IRBs to the document, saying that
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>their
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>>study is in compliance with standard norms.
>>
>>Steve.
>>
>>Steve Borgatti
>>Professor & Chair
>>Organization Studies Dept, Boston College
>>Tel: +1 978 456 7356
>>Fax: +1 978 456 7372
>>E-mail: [log in to unmask]
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>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Social Networks Discussion Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
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>On
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>
>>Behalf Of Bill.Richards
>>Sent: Monday, October 03, 2005 11:45
>>To: [log in to unmask]
>>Subject: [SOCNET] [Fwd: How to address the IRB's concern]
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>>Nancy Leonard ([log in to unmask]) wrote to ask about addressing the
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>IRB's
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>>concern about the use of name rosters within a social network survey.
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>Is
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>
>>there
>>an alternative to contacting everyone on the list to request their
>>consent to include
>>their name on that list?
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