Our Statistical Professional Values and Ethical Principles(1) that are the common values we share with the International Statistical Institute, the American Statistical Association, the Royal Statistical Society and similar international professional organizations are respect, professionalism, honesty and reliability. For us,
Honesty and Reliability,
1. Being objective
To aim for unflinching and unbiased objectivity, choosing and using only the methods that will give the most accurate results. Presenting all findings in a clear, complete and transparent manner, regardless of the results. Being particularly sensitive to the need to present findings that question a preferred conclusion. Taking action against foreseeable misinterpretation and misuse. Taking steps to notify potential users of misinterpretation and misuse. To communicate findings to the benefit of the widest possible community, in a way that does not harm any mass.
2. Clarifying Mutual Obligations, Responsibilities and Positions
Specify and fully understand the mutual obligations of the employer, client, or sponsor and statistician regarding their positions and responsibilities that may raise ethical issues. When giving advice and guidance, be careful to stay in your own field of competence and, if necessary, seek the opinion of those with relevant expertise.
3. Evaluating the Options Impartially
Thoroughly weighing the available methods and procedures, giving an objective assessment to the employer, client or sponsor about the advantages and limitations of the options along with the proposed method.
4. No Conflict of Interest
Not accepting tasks that will result in a personal or financial conflict of interest as a result of the work.
5. Avoiding Determined Consequences
Rejecting contractual terms and any attempt to draw predetermined conclusions from a proposed statistical study.
6. Keeping Private Information Confidential
To keep confidential information other than the methods and procedures used in the conduct of the research and published data.
7. Demonstrating Professional Competence
To update professional knowledge and skills, to be aware of technological developments, methods and standards in their fields, and to direct others to this.
8. Building Confidence in Statistics
To ensure that the limits of reliability and applicability of the results and the explanatory power of the data are fully and accurately explained to the users in order to maintain and improve the public's trust in statistics.
9. Explaining Methods and Findings
To provide everyone with sufficient information to allow independent evaluation of methods, procedures, techniques and findings.
10. Sharing Ethical Principles
To ensure that the ethical principles of stakeholders are clearly understood and reflected in the tasks undertaken in studies carried out with colleagues or others in statistics or other fields.
11. Being Responsible for the Reliability of Statistics Science
Not to deceive, not knowingly misrepresent, not to try to prevent the emergence of bad and wrong practice, not to hinder the scientific or academic research of others.
12. Protecting Subject Rights
To protect the research subjects as much as possible against all possible undesired harm, individually or as a whole.
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