Handling Information



This section includes a brief overview of some issues related to responsibly handling information collected in research. To maintain the confidentiality and accuracy (i.e., validity) of the information collected during research, any information collected about an individual should be handled with care through proper documentation and secure storage. Failure to properly handle research information may result in wasting resources, violating confidentiality, and failing to answer the research question(s) (i.e., adding unknown (random) error to the study). To avoid these serious consequences, research information should be properly documented and stored and the information provided by a research participant should never be changed or altered.



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