Policies and guidelines
A set of policies and guidelines have been developed which detail the governance, approvals and processes under which the CHRISP team undertakes research and facilitates access to data for research. Three of these key documents are the CHRISP Data Policy, Prioritisation Policy and Authorship Guidelines. Each of these is detailed below.
The CHRISP Data Policy aims to ensure scientific rigour of research and evaluation using IHIP data and infrastructure, ensure ethical integrity including protecting against potential infringements of privacy and breaches of confidentiality, and communicate the principles and processes of the IHIP Research Partnership with researchers, clinicians, other ISLHD staff, and third party data contributors. It sets out the principles and processes relating to IHIP that govern:
- data ownership
- data submission and linkage
- data storage and security
- datasets and data items
- data quality
- data access
- reporting and publication using IHIP data
- data destruction and disposal.
The CHRISP Prioritisation Policy will be used by the IHIP Project Reference Group to assess, and recommend to the IHIP Executive Steering Committee, the relative priority of research proposals to access IHIP data and infrastructure. Priority for access to IHIP data and infrastructure for research will be assessed by the IHIP Project Reference Group, according to the following criteria:
- Alignment with Local Health District priorities (25%)
- Potential impact of findings and translation into policy and practice (15%)
- Capability and capacity building (15%)
- Strength, rigour and appropriateness of research design (15%)
- Research output (15%)
- Resource implications (15%)
The CHRISP Authorship Guidelines provide advice to authors when publishing research using IHIP data. When IHIP data have been used for research purposes, it is expected that there will be at least one author from the Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population (CHRISP) on the research publication. Authorship is attributed to persons responsible for the intellectual content of a publication. To be named as author, a researcher must have made a substantial intellectual contribution to the publication and be able to take responsibility for at least that part of the publication to which they have contributed. The authorship of a publication is a matter that should be discussed among participants at the earliest stages of a research project and be re-assessed at any time that there is a change in participation.