This RAND Working Paper documents the proceedings of a daylong workshop held in January 2007 to probe the parameters that should guide the ethical conduct of social and behavioral research on terrorism. The conference was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice, supplemented by RAND. Such research is frequently conducted in countries or among groups hostile to the United States. Sessions addressed “Deception and Concealment vs. Autonomy,” “Maximizing Beneficence and Maintaining Justice,” and “Ensuring Confidentiality.” For each session, the proceedings include a presentation, comments from an expert panel, and a synopsis of the plenary discussion. Workshop attendees represented researchers on terrorism, research ethicists, professional societies with pertinent codes of ethics, major funders of social and behavioral research related to terrorism, Institutional Review Boards that have dealt with such research, and the Office of Human Research Protection (Department of Health and Human Services).
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Table of Contents
Introduction by Michael Rich
Deception and Concealment vs. Autonomy
Maximizing Beneficence and Maintaining Justice
Short Profiles of Workshop Participants
List of Workshop Participants