There is increasing public discussion about gender identity and fluidity. While only a small proportion of people may have diverse gender experiences, the Research Society has produced this guide as a reminder to researchers to review the way they collect data about sex or gender.
The Research Society members have a responsibility to respect participants, reflect their wishes in how to describe themselves wherever possible and a duty to avoid harm. Ensuring any data collection allows all participants to answer as they wish and does not irritate or upset participants will
help in this goal.
The guidance covers:
- An overview – what members need to review when collecting data
- Is the data relevant?
- Type of data – sex or gender?
- How do you frame the question?
- Participants’ privacy
- Resources list
This guidance is available on The Research Society website here.