Governments, scholars, and NGOs are increasingly making use of field experiments to accurately assess the effectiveness of policy interventions. For example, researchers at OSU are currently studying the effectiveness of COVID-19 testing policies in select communities across Ohio and others are studying the integration of prevention and overdose treatment in select communities hard hit by the opioid crisis. Research ethics is often focused on the clinical context and it leaves many ethical questions unanswered related to public policy research. In this panel, we will start the conversation on a number of questions related to consent, risk assessment, and duties owed to communities participating in these studies.
Douglas MacKay (Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Center for Bioethics, UNC Chapel Hill)
Pamela Salsberry (Professor Emeritus, College of Public Health, OSU)
Stephanie Moulton (Associate Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, OSU)
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