Ethical Consideration

When conducting projects that involve gathering personal information from individuals, the researcher must consider the ethical considerations surrounding the information obtained. It is the responsibility of the researcher to protect the individual’s personal information. Due to the market research component of this project, there was information collected from individuals through informal interviews.

The interview information collected in this project was from individual restaurant owners and managers. Interviews were conducted by the interviewer introducing themselves and the project, then the asking the interviewee if we could talk to them about their interest in the program.. The information collected was to get an overall interest in the programme, determine wholesale prices of produce, and investigate the required produce volumes for the restaurant. No personal information about the individual was obtained other than name. The names of the individuals were not used in the text when discussing the results of the survey. In doing this we protect the individual.

This project has also gone through the Institutional Review Board and it was determined that this research is exempt from further IRB review and supervision under 45 CFR 46.101(b)(2): “Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures or observation of public behavior, unless: information obtained is recorded in such a manner that human subjects can be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects; and any disclosure of the human subjects’ responses outside the research could reasonably place the subjects at risk of criminal or civil liability or be damaging to the subjects’ financial standing, employability, or reputation.”