Ethics & Compliance

Teams should work through the framework together throughout the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating a new project. Each part of the framework is designed to be regularly revisited throughout your project, especially when any changes are made to your data collection, storage, analysis or sharing processes.

Questions in each section will guide you through various ethical considerations in your project. Record your answers to create a data ethics assessment. The self-assessment scoring scale is designed to help you identify which aspects of your project need further work.

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How to use the Data Ethics Framework

The Data Ethics Framework guides appropriate and responsible data use in government and the wider public sector. It helps public servants understand ethical considerations, address these within their projects, and encourages responsible innovation.

This guidance is aimed at anyone working directly or indirectly with data in the public sector, including data practitioners (statisticians, analysts and data scientists), policymakers, operational staff and those helping produce data-informed insight.


Transparency

Transparency means that your actions, processes and data are made open to inspection by publishing information about the project in a complete, open, understandable, easily-accessible, and free format. In your work with and on data and AI, use the available guidance, for example the Open Government Playbook, to ensure transparency throughout the entirety of your process.

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