RESEARCHERS COMMITMENTS AND PRIVACY POLICY

At CESS, all information participants get during our studies is true. This implies:

  • We never deceive participants. For example, if we inform you that another participant is making a choice on which you then can react, this is indeed the case.
  • We keep our promises made to participants. For example, if we promise a certain payment, participants will indeed receive it.
  • In the event that we are responsible for a mistake that is to the disadvantage of participants, we will inform and compensate the respective participants.
  • We design, conduct and report our research in accordance with recognized scientific standards and ethical principles.

We adhere to the terms of our privacy policy as stated below.

  • The data in the participants’ database will only be used to conduct experiments at CESS. The data will never be given to third parties.
  • There is no direct link between the personal data in the participants database and the data collected during a study.
  • Every participant can decide at any moment to unsubscribe from the participants database. Unsubscribing from the database implies that no further invitations to our studies are sent to that person.
  • The data generated during experiments is anonymous and is used to write scientific articles and to give presentations. We provide links to working and published papers for research done at CESS on the main CESS website.

Data Integrity

» All experimental data that is generated at CESS is subject to careful oversight by CESS managers – this includes lab, online, lab-in-the-field and field data. We guarantee the authenticity and integrity of any data that results from experiments conducted at CESS facilities.

» In the experimental lab our data oversight policy is the following:

  • final programming of all experiments is conducted by CESS lab managers;
  • results from experiments are initially compiled on CESS servers;
  • these are then made available to PIs;
  • these data plus proper documentation that includes the experimental protocols are archived at CESS;
  • these data and protocols can be make available, in form that protects the identify of all subjects, to appropriate third parties that include the PIs of course but also Editors and funding agencies.

» Implementation of lab-in-the-field experiments by CESS follows the same protocol as for CESS conventional lab experiments. Data generation is subject to the same oversight and archiving policies.

» The data oversight policy for online experiments is very similar to the lab experiments:

  • the data generation is subject to oversight by CESS online experiment managers;
  • final programming of all online experiments is conducted by CESS managers on CESS servers;
  • subject recruitment is managed by CESS;
  • results from online experiments are initially compiled by CESS personnel on CESS servers;
  • these data are then made available to PIs;
  • these data plus proper documentation that includes experimental protocols and coding are archived at CESS;
  • these data and protocols can be made available, in a form that protects the identify of all subjects, to appropriate third parties that include the PIs of course but also journal editors and funding agencies.

» CESS policy is to recommend to all PIs that they make their anonymized data, along with proper documentation, available to the public within 12 months, if not earlier.

» Maintaining data integrity in Randomized Control Trials/Field Experiments poses somewhat different challenges. Nevertheless CESS is committed to overseeing such data integrity for RCT/Field Experiments conducted under its auspices:

  • RCTs/Field Experiments conducted under the auspices of CESS are also subject to strict CESS oversight. This includes of course the design phase but also the implementation of the field experiment and the compilation of resulting data.
  • These final data are made available to PIs but also archived on CESS servers with appropriate documentation and are made available to appropriate third parties such as journal editors and funding agencies.