Informed Consent and Data Sharing
If you plan to archive, reuse, or share research data, you must obtain permission from the participants that take part in your studies.
Informed consent documentation typically has two sections you need to consider with regards to data archiving, reuse, and/or sharing:
- Information Sheet: Describe clearly who has access to the data during and after the project
- Consent Form (signature page): Offer clear choices to participants on whether they agree with archiving and reuse of the data from the project. Note that a participant can opt out of these activities, but still participate in your study.
Example Consent Forms
- United Kingdom Data Archive Consent Form (download Word document)
- Numerous examples including forms for focus groups, interviews, medical research: https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/manage-data/legal-ethical/consent-data-sharing/consent-forms (scroll to the bottom of the page to 'Example consent forms')