SPEaR Good Practice Guidelines 2008: Principles: Reciprocity
Relationships between social sector officials, researchers and participants should enable reciprocal, balanced exchanges of knowledge, resources and time that recognise the value of diverse contributions in a respectful and appropriate manner.
Developing and maintaining effective, respectful working relationships with in-house researchers, contractors and participants requires relationships based on reciprocity. Reciprocity should be demonstrated in practical ways, through a balanced exchange of information about the aims and objectives of the research and the sorts of information required from participants, and how that information will be used. Reciprocity in research and evaluation requires that knowledge and information gained through research will, wherever possible, be used to develop policies and services that serve to enable government to attain its key goals, and aid in the social and economic development of individuals, organisations and communities.
Anticipated benefits of reciprocity guidelines include:
- development of relationships with stakeholders and participants based on respect and integrity
- enhanced likelihood of individual participant, organisation and community involvement in social sector R and E
- increased likelihood of gathering accurate, useful research data and information
- enhanced ability of government to develop policies and services that facilitate individual, community and regional, social and economic development
- development of capability of contractors due to adequate resourcing of projects.