Backup and security Our data will need to be backed up regularly because of possible problems with viruses and hardware. This will include regular email sharing with the research assistant, so that up-to-date versions are stored on the lead Institution’s server. Qualitative data will be backed up and secured by the researcher on a regular basis and metadata will include clear labelling of versions and dates. There are potential sensitivities around some of the data being collected, so the project will establish a system for protecting data while it is being processed, including use of passwords and backup hardware. Ethical issues
116 A letter explaining the purpose, approach and dissemination strategy (including plans to share data) of the research, and an accompanying consent form will be prepared and translated into the relevant languages. A clear verbal explanation will also be provided to each interviewee and focus group participant. Commitments to ensure confidentiality will be maintained by ensuring recordings are not shared that transcripts are anonymised and details that can be used to identify participants are removed from transcripts or concealed in write-ups. Interviews with policymakers will not guarantee confidentiality unless this is requested, as interviewees will be expected to speak in their official capacities or institutional roles.