The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Conducting ethical research and evaluation requires taking extreme care to protect the rights of research participants. As a private foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is not legally subject to the federal laws that governing human subjects protections in research. However, given that much of the Foundation’s work addresses the needs of the most vulnerable children and families, the Foundation wants to ensure that the rights of individuals involved in Foundation-supported research and evaluation are appropriately and fully protected.
To this end, the Foundation asked Informing Change to help increase Foundation staff knowledge about ethically sound research. Informing Change developed a set of resource documents that provide information on what human subjects protection is and include flowcharts and guidelines on how to spot and address potential ethical issues in proposed projects. Informing Change then trained Foundation staff on how to use these tools to ensure ethical research and evaluation in their grantees’ work.