Ethics

Privacy and Confidentiality

The LGA collects research data in accordance with The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Personal information gathered by the LGA through qualitative or quantitative research (e.g. surveys, focus groups) is considered confidential. All research firms and consultants that provide services to the LGA sign contracts ensuring that they will safeguard confidential information. In almost all cases, the information is analyzed in aggregate and anonymized form, which means that it is impossible to attribute answers to a specific participant. Results are always reported in aggregate and anonymized form.

Please email our research department or contact us at 204-954-9400 or toll-free at 1-800-782-0363 if you have participated in a LGA research study and have any questions regarding the use of your personal information.

 

Ethics Review Panel

The LGA has a standing panel of independent academic researchers who review the ethics of our research. These ethics review panelists examine our research project plans and proposed instruments to ensure that these meet all standards of ethical conduct for research involving humans. The panel has an advisory role; the LGA ultimately is responsible for ensuring that our research projects meet all applicable ethical standards. Panel members include:

  • Tracie Afifi, PhD: Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Laura Funk, PhD: Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Manitoba
  • Shannon Gadbois, PhD: Associate Professor, Psychology, Brandon University