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Information for the Researcher/s who Require/s Access to the Data of the Research/es Conducted by the Department of Population Sciences (DPS), University of Dhaka

  1. The prospective researcher/s who require access to the dataset is/are strongly encouraged to consult/review the questionnaire of the relevant study and then submit an application and a formal outline of the proposed study/ proposal to the Chairman of the DPS through their research supervisor/reporting officials. The proposal (max three pages) must include a title, a clear statement of the background to the proposed data use, the objectives, and a proposed brief methodology, and relevant references. In the outline, the researcher/s must demonstrate their ability to carry out the proposed study through research proposal/peer-review publication/s in the area of interest.
  2. The Chairman of the DPS will place the application and proposal to the Academic Committee for scrutinizing and decision making.
  3. The researcher/s will be required to cover the costs of administering data sharing (including legal fees if applicable), retrieving, processing, and sending the data.The estimated costs for a request will be provided after the initial review of the application.
  4. The researcher/s will be required to sign a Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) with the DPS, which meets the Department's data-sharing requirements.
  5. The potential researcher/s are requested to read the Data Sharing Policy carefully before applying for data to the DPS.

 Data Sharing Policy of DPS for the External Researcher/s

  1. The data will be provided to only the researcher/s named in the original application and as specified in the relevant DSA.
  2. The data can/will be used only for the proposed research or study purpose.
  3. The researcher/s or organization must not be pass or sell the data to anybody without the written permission of the DPS.
  4. The researcher/s needs to submit a new application with a research proposal if the researcher/s wants to use the data for another purpose.
  5. The researcher/s must keep the data files in a secure location (i.e., password-protected computer) from where the unauthorized users cannot access the data.
  6. The researcher/s agrees to treat all data as confidential and to make no effort to identify any individual, household, or enumeration area in the survey in their analysis or publication/s.
  7. The researcher/s agrees that no results will be published in which communities or individuals can be identified.
  8. The researcher/s agrees that the data will not be used for any profit-oriented commercial venture.
  9. The researcher/s will use the data only for academic, research, and policy purposes.
  10. The researcher/s must/ can not post the raw data on any media.
  11. The researcher/s who is/are requesting the data should be employed of a recognized academic institution, enrolled graduate students (Masters/ MPhil/ PhD), government agency, Bangladeshi and international non-government and not for profit agencies. The DPS will carefully consider the potential implications of sharing data with a third party if the (third) party may derive commercial benefits from the data sharing.
  12. The researcher/s must not have a conflict of interest that may potentially influence their interpretation of any analyses.The researcher(s)must declare all actual or potential conflicts of interest regarding the dataset for which they applied. The researcher/s must also declare funding sources (if any) for the proposed study for which the dataset will be used.
  13. The researcher/s will be provided anonymous/de‐identified data. The researcher/s must agree not to link the anonymous /de‐identified data provided with any other dataset without having permission from the DPS.
  14. The researcher/s can not make any faculty member of the DPS as co-author of the research using the provided data.
  15. The researcher/s can only re-code variables for the analysis purpose.
  16. The researcher/s must communicate to the Chairman of the DPS first if any controversial issues arise during data analysis. The researcher/s will not publish any controversial issues without prior discussion from/with the DPS. After discussion, if controversies remain unresolved, then the publication rights of the findings will be reserved by the DPS.
  17. The researcher/s must acknowledge the DPS appropriately in their publication for providing the dataset.
  18. The researcher/s will submit a copy of all the reports and publications based on the provided dataset/s to the DPS Office.
  19. The DPS retains the absolute right to decide whether access to data will be provided to the researcher/s or not. Even after sharing the data, anytime, the DPS reserves the complete right to cancel the data-sharing agreement with any researchers or organizations if they failed to comply with DSA.