Best Practice Guides


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This guide is intended to provide community organisations with a short and accessible ‘how to’ guide to involving consumers, peer workers and carers in each and every stage of research and evaluation, including co-production and research leadership. We have called it Ask the Experts, because people with lived experience of mental health, or alcohol or other drugs issues, are experts by experience and are therefore the go-to people for all your research needs.

An earlier draft of this Guide was prepared by Carla Cowles from Human Capital Alliance (International) Pty Ltd (HCA) for CMHDARN in December, 2014. Carla consulted widely and made every effort to ensure that the evidence on which her report relied was obtained from proper sources.



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This guide has been written for any community organisation, consumer, peer worker or carer in the mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors who is considering engaging in research and/or evaluation.

The primary purpose of this guide is to provide you with information and support to:

  • kick-start a conversation about ethics in research and evaluation, tailored to your project
  • bring the question of ethics to the research table and help guide your judgement and decision making
  • help you embed ethical research practices in all that you/your team do
  • increase your knowledge and understanding of the specific rights and needs of consumers, peers and carers in research and evaluation
  • understand formal ethics processes and the role of Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs)

access useful resources and links to support ethics in research and evaluation.
This guide is intended to be read alongside Ask The Experts, a CMHDARN Best Practice Guide for Enabling Consumer and Carer Leadership in Research and Evaluation).