IFB Gaming


IFB Gaming Research and Research Participants Policy

Effective Date: 6th of October 2023

1. Introduction

IFB Gaming (hereinafter referred to as “the Organization”), located in London, is dedicated to conducting research and learning activities within the gaming industry. This Research and Research Participants Policy outlines the principles, procedures, and responsibilities related to research, recruitment of participants, and their involvement in research projects conducted by IFB Gaming.

2. Ethical Conduct of Research

2.1 Compliance with Regulations: IFB Gaming conducts research in strict accordance with applicable national and international laws, regulations, and ethical guidelines, including but not limited to the Declaration of Helsinki and the Belmont Report.

2.2 Research Approval: All research projects are subject to ethical review and approval by IFB Gaming’s Ethics Committee or an external ethical review board as required.

2.3 Informed Consent: Prior to participation, research participants are provided with clear, comprehensive, and understandable information about the research’s purpose, procedures, risks, and benefits. Informed consent is obtained voluntarily, without coercion.

2.4 Confidentiality: The privacy and confidentiality of research participants are safeguarded throughout the research process. Identifiable information is handled with care and is not disclosed without explicit consent or as required by law.

3. Recruitment of Research Participants

3.1 Selection Criteria: Research participants are selected based on predefined criteria relevant to the research objectives. Selection criteria do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, religion, or any other protected characteristic.

3.2 Recruitment Methods: Participants are recruited using methods that ensure fairness, transparency, and respect for their autonomy. Recruitment materials accurately represent the research and its requirements.

3.3 Incentives: If provided, incentives for participation are reasonable, proportionate, and disclosed in recruitment materials. Incentives do not unduly influence participation.

4. Participation in Research

4.1 Voluntary Participation: Participation in research is voluntary. Participants have the right to withdraw at any time without penalty or consequence.

4.2 Protection of Vulnerable Participants: Special safeguards are in place when involving vulnerable populations, such as minors or individuals with diminished capacity to consent.

4.3 Data Collection: Data collection methods are designed to minimize participant burden and discomfort while maximizing the quality of data obtained.

4.4 Debriefing: Participants are offered the opportunity for debriefing and feedback on the research results when applicable.

5. Data Handling and Storage

5.1 Data Security: Research data is stored securely to prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or loss.

5.2 Data Retention: Research data is retained for a defined period based on the research objectives, with due consideration for legal and ethical requirements.

6. Reporting and Dissemination

6.1 Publication: Research findings are disseminated transparently and accurately, giving credit to the contributions of participants. Data is anonymized or de-identified when necessary to protect privacy.

6.2 Reporting Misconduct: Procedures are in place for reporting and addressing research misconduct, including data fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism.

7. Training and Awareness

IFB Gaming provides training and guidance to researchers to ensure they are aware of and adhere to the principles and procedures outlined in this policy.

8. Policy Review

This Research and Research Participants Policy will be reviewed and updated regularly to reflect changes in research practices, ethical standards, and compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

9. Conclusion

IFB Gaming is committed to conducting research and engaging research participants in an ethical and responsible manner. Any questions or concerns related to this policy should be directed to the designated contact point within the organization.

John Adewole

[Founder] IFB Gaming

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