This document explains the ethics which members of the Government Social Research (GSR) profession should follow in their research.
Part one summarises the content; Part two sets out the principles; Part three sets out the arrangements. However, some arrangements are a matter for individual departments. These should be clearly set out, with responsibility allocated to named individual(s) or nominated post(s). All social research conducted for government should work within these guidelines. Part three sets out good practice designed to ensure the principles are upheld. Alternative arrangements which achieve the same result are also acceptable. Procedures should identify the risks faced by individual departments in commissioning and conducting social research. These may differ depending on policy area and customer base.