Accessing Sensitive Datasets: Workshop for Qualitative Researchers

Are you a social science researcher interested in accessing or sharing sensitive qualitative datasets and helping shape research ethics training and access to research data for academics, HDR students and other researchers?

SOCEY is currently working on the multi-institutional national infrastructure CADRE (Coordinated Access for Data, Research and Environments) project, which will develop a platform to facilitate increased researcher access to sensitive data. The platform will utilise the Five Safes Framework, which allows data custodians to assess and manage risks associated with the sharing of sensitive data.

The SOCEY team is recruiting a small number of volunteers on behalf of the CADRE team to participated in a workshop on the framework and platform. You will learn about the Five Safes and how it provides a safe framework for researchers to interact with sensitive datasets. This half-day workshop will be facilitated by the project lead and Director of the Australian Data Archive, Dr. Steven McEachern.

This is a pilot run of recently developed training content to acquaint you with the Five Safes framework, and how that framework guides decisions to make sensitive data accessible for research. A key objective is to identify gaps in the training content and where more clarity may be needed, which is why your participation and feedback will be invaluable. You do not need any prior knowledge of the Five Safes framework to attend, but it is assumed that you have some understanding of human ethics in research and good data management practice.

Current plans are to hold the workshop in hybrid form with an onsite group at the University of Melbourne and limited numbers online. The workshop may change to an online forum, depending on the emerging COVID-19 situation.


Date:  28 September 2022

Time:  11am–3pm

Location: Digital Studio, The Lab, Level 2, Arts West, West Wing (Building 148b), University of Melbourne, 148 Royal Parade, Parkville.

Directions: View on UniMelb Maps

What to bring: Laptop/tablet

For further information and to RSVP, contact 

Please advise if you have any dietary requirements as a light lunch will be provided. If you have further questions please reach out via the above email address. Thank you!

There will also be a limited numbers online workshop on 11 October. Further information is available from Yolante Jones on the above email.