SORC at Illinois and the National Norming Database

Sunday, 15 February 2015: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room LL21E (San Jose Convention Center)
C.K. Gunsalus, National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, Urbana, IL
Research integrity is a function of the ways in which individual researchers interact with one another, with the institutions that employ them, and with the systems of regulation, resource allocation, and publication that define the scientific enterprise. Research in organizational behavior and social psychology tells us that the attitudes of those around us influence our choices, particularly with respect to integrity and honesty. Simply put, research integrity is partially a function of the climate in which research occurs. Until now, there have not been tools to assess empirically the environment in which academic research occurs.The National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE), working with the developers of SORC, is now offering the SORC online with customized reports available to institutional leaders. NCPRE is also building a comparison database with de-identified responses so that departments will be able to compare their own aggregated scores with other similar departments nationally.