Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation The Transparency Policy Project

Ethics Statement

The Transparency Policy Project (TPP) seeks to uphold the highest ethical standards to promote the independence of its work. To that end, the Project shields its research and publications from undue influence by interest groups or funders. Two areas of potential conflict concern engagement and funding.

Engagement

In the course of conducting research on transparency and developing the results of that research into conclusions that are useful for policy-makers, public agencies, and civic and private organizations, the TPP engages with such organizations in order to understand their work and to discuss the implications of our research for their activities. We are aware that such engagements run the risk of coloring our perceptions and, at the limit, may result in a kind of capture. Nevertheless, avoiding such engagements would severely limit our ability to understand the developments and dynamics in the transparency area and render our research far less relevant and useful. We seek to avoid such risks by being aware of the possibilities of bias and by constantly developing a balanced, fair-minded, and critical cast in our work.

Funding

The TPP also shields its research and publications from undue influence by interest groups or funders. Funders, including those formally involved in the TPP, are encouraged to express their views. The TPP often has much to gain from their expertise. However, decisions about the direction of the Project, research approaches, findings, and publications will be made by the Project's co-directors who do not represent interest groups or funders.

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