Secure Data Handling: An Essential Competence for Evaluators

  • Konrad Czechowski Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa
  • John Sylvestre Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa
  • Katherine Moreau Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa
Keywords: competencies, data management, data security, program evaluation

Abstract

Since it is paramount that the rights and welfare of evaluation participants and stakeholders be respected, we argue that the abilities and knowledge necessary to appropriately safeguard data ought to be considered an essential competence for evaluators. Building from past contributions, and in consultation with research ethics and data security experts from our home institution, recommended practices in the collection, handling, and storage of evaluation data were identified. A three-dimensional framework for secure data handling was developed, considering type of information handled, harm posed by a potential confidentiality breach, and cor­responding steps to securing confi dential information. 

Author Biographies

Konrad Czechowski, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa
Doctoral Candidate, Experimental PsychologySchool of Psychology
John Sylvestre, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa

Vice-Dean, Research
Faculty of Social Sciences

Katherine Moreau, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Education

Published
2019-05-24
Section
Practice Note- English