Strengthening the Foundations of Trust: Investigator Training for Institutional Research Integrity Investigations

Elise Grosser - Director of Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne

In a climate of increasing suspicion about the quality of research and the trustworthiness of researchers and research institutions, the role of Research Misconduct Investigations has become critical in the research enterprise.

The ‘Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research’ guides Australian institutions in conducting research misconduct investigations. Formal investigations require that allegations are rigorously and fairly examined to ensure the integrity of the research record. In this process, investigators are required to have no conflict of interest, relevant experience and a deep understanding of disciplinary practices and accepted standards. Nevertheless, some argue that institutions cannot be trusted to manage investigations into research misconduct.

To counter this argument and place the University of Melbourne in a position of strength, we have undertaken a series of initiatives to harmonise and professionalise the process of investigation. Taking lessons from the best internal investigation processes we built a comprehensive training programme for a select pool of twenty Research Integrity Investigators to equip them with relevant interview and investigation skills, which this presentation will cover. These initiatives will promote greater consistency in the investigative processes, generating greater trust in the University’s response to research integrity concerns.

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Room Carrick 1, 2 & 3
Time 11:30 - 12:45
Date Wednesday 6th June, 2018
Theme Research Integrity & Ethics
Style Panel
Speakers Elise Grosser - Director of Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne