This document provides guidance to all researchers and support staff involved in the GCRF Drugs & (dis)order project who handle research data. By handling we mean all aspects of data collection, data transcription, data entry and digitisation, data translation, data storage, data transfers, data analysis, and so on.

We define research data as any research materials resulting from primary data collection or generation, qualitative or quantitative, or derived from existing sources intended to be analysed in the course of the project. The scope covers numerical data, textual data, digitised materials, images and audio/visual recordings.

The Drugs & (dis)order project aims to generate robust evidence on illicit drug economies, and the effects on armed conflicts, peace transitions, societies, public health and livelihoods. This poses many data management challenges. Key strategic issues and challenges for data management taken into account in this guidance include:

  • data generated needs to be long-lasting and available for future consultation and reuse;
  • the research data deal with sensitive topics and illicit activities which may put participants and researchers at risk;
  • collaborative data infrastructure is needed to facilitate cross-partner research; and
  • ethical and legal requirements for data protection and the understanding of consent in society may vary across partners.
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