Ethics commission

The ethics commission is a working group of the association CorrelAid e.V. It reviews the association’s activities with regard to general ethical values and becomes active upon request. The ethics commission will then examine the request and issue a written statement on its ethical aspects, stating whether / under which circumstances it is in line with CorrelAid’s ethical standards.

An unoffical English translation of the rules of procedures of the ethics commission can be viewed here. The German original can be found here.

Main Tasks

Evaluation of Data4Good projects

If you are in contact with an organization and feel unsure about whether the project you’re scoping would be a suitable CorrelAid Data4Good project, contact the ethics committee at ethics@correlaid.org.

More information about processes and tools coming soon.

Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics

The ethics commission maintains the Code of Conduct (currently under revision) and the Code of Ethics (see below, currently work in progress).

It is also the point of contact to report violations of the Code of Conduct: If you come across a situation that appears to violate the CorrelAid Code of Conduct, if you want to raise a concern about a possible breach of the Code of Conduct, or if you experienced or witnessed a behavior that does not align with our working principles, the ethics committee is here to support you.

You can reach the ethics committee by contacting ethics@correlaid.org.

Members

Arndt Leininger

Arndt Leininger

Chair of the Ethics Commission

Arndt works as an assistant professor for political science research methods at Chemnitz University of Technology. He is a founding member and former board member of CorrelAid e.V. Recalling many discussions about ethics in the early days of CorrelAid and his experience in conducting surveys in his work, he is now applying his expertise to CorrelAid’s ethics committee.

[ arndt.l@correlaid.org ]

Rahel Becker

Rahel Becker

Ethics Commission Member

Rahel, data scientist by training, quantitative sociologist by education works at the German Parliament as research assistant and consultant for digital transformation and data topics. As an almost-founding member of CorrelAid e.V. and from several jobs in data science, she was and is well-aware of the necessity of an ethics perspective data (4 good) projects.

[ rahel.b@correlaid.org ]

Andreas Domberg

Andreas Domberg

Ethics Commission Member

Andreas is a postdoctoral associate in developmental psychology and currently works at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. As an IRB member there, he already has some relevant experience, which he is now bringing to the non-profit data science table.

[ andreas.d@correlaid.org ]

Sabrina Arnold

Sabrina Arnold

Ethics Commission Member

Sabrina works as a web developer and is particularly interested in environmental data science. Therefore, she enjoys interacting with nonprofits that care about the environment and nature to help them understand the potential of data science. Because ethics in data science is important to her, she is well served on the Ethics Committee.

[ sabrina.a@correlaid.org ]

Lada Rudnitckaia

Lada Rudnitckaia

Ethics Commission Member

Lada is a Data Scientist with an interest in models interpretability, Big Data and AI ethics. After participating in several Data for Good projects with CorrelAid she took the opportunity to join the Ethics committee to help CorrelAid making responsible decisions.

[ lada.r@correlaid.org ]

Code of ethics

This content is currently in revision by the ethics committee

CorrelAid is an independent and inclusive non-partisan network. Our projects are aimed at supporting non-profit organisations in expanding their impact by enabling them to actively participate in the digital world.

We try to keep entry barriers as low as possible and provide the volunteers in our network with diverse opportunities of getting involved - Allowing them to find one that fits their lives.

When deciding on partners to cooperate with, our ethics commission will place great emphasis on the organisation’s dedication to our values, its commitment to social good and the benefit for society resulting from a potential project.