INSPIRE checklist development

Last modified: February 17, 2020

INSPIRE checklist published!

After the very valuable input in the Delphi study and the preconference workshop at the World Conference on Research Integrity in HongKong, we finilased the INSPIRE Checklist!

Thank you all for your contributions. We are very happy with what it led to.

The checklist was developed to support the development and implementation of initiatives that aim to foster responsible research practices, and to assist the documentation and dissemination of the initiative. It can be used for new initiatives as well as for revisions.

The checklist consists of two parts: Assessment and Classification.
The assessment of initiatives is split into two domains: Potential effectiveness and Potential to be implemented. For both domains two indicators are defined. For each indicator several desirable traits are listed. Additionally, some suggestions to consider for future progress and sustainability of the initiative are listed.
The classification part starts with four categories that are used in the spectrum of initiatives that resulted from the INSPIRE project, shared on The Embassy of Good Science. To assist the documentation of initiatives, a list of categories follows, that might give inspiration on what to take into consideration in the development process, assisting you to have thought of all potentially relevant aspects. This part may also help others who might be inspired by your example and wish to implement it in another institute. Topics addressed in this section of the checklist will benefit the selection of relevant initiatives to those who wish to implement one.

Call for your input!

The INSPIRE project aims to collect, classify and share initiatives to foster research integrity, with a view to inspire and to enable others to implement similar initiatives. In order to assess and classify the initiatives, a checklist will be constructed together with actors in the field. The input from stakeholders is essential to the feasibility of the checklist, and to the success of the INSPIRE project.
Therefore, we would like to know what aspects of initiatives would matter to you. What would want to know about an initiative in order to get inspired to implement such initiatives too? Join our online study (Delphi style) to develop and pilot the checklist. You can participate in one or more steps of de development process. The Delphi method builds on expert opinions to create a consensus document that serves the breadth of the audience rather than the mean. The method is characterized by several rounds with feedback to the participants.

UPDATE (May 1st, 2019):
The first round of this development process was of great help and resulted in a first draft of the checklist. We now have a rather complete picture of the indicators that the checklist should cover. In this second round we share results of the previous round, and ask for your feedback. We aim to finalise the content of the checklist and operationalise the indicators and make it user friendly for the implementation phase.

By filling in this second survey, you contribute to the further development of the checklist and the toolbox to come. We want the output of INSPIRE to match the needs of all stakeholders involved in fostering responsible research practices. Therefore your opinion matters to us!

The second round of the checklist development is now open!

About the method

Because of the broadness of the field of research integrity, and the variety of FRRP-initiatives, a Delphi-style procedure will be used to come to a consensus on the checklist. A Delphi procedure is a structured group process that allows for individual differences and changes of views, with the ultimate goal to deal with a complex issue. Developing this checklist is complex because the checklist should cover a range of aspects, be applicable to a diversity of initiatives undertaken by various stakeholders in different disciplinary fields, and should be easy to use. Moreover, the checklist should serve multiple goals: to assess and to classify FRRP-initiatives and to assist initiators in the self-assessment and development of their initiatives. Additionally, the checklist cannot be founded on an evidence base since empirical evidence for successful initiatives is limited so far.

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