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Confidentiality means that information is private, but that it is possible for you, or a determined person familiar with your subjects and/or able to gain access to your data, to figure out a subject's identity. Anonymity means that it is impossible for you--or anyone else--to connect a subject with the data they've provided. Common conditions that make data confidential rather than anonymous include:

  • the use of audiotapes to record interviews
  • demographic data such as date of birth; use of small descriptive categories, e.g. black female senior official in a police department, Asian male executive nurse in a healthcare organization
  • qualitative studies of few subjects with highly individual information, e.g. three school teachers describing what drew them to teaching, or their assessment of their school's principal
  • the use of ID numbers on subjects' data with a separate name/number list

 

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Physical Address
Office of Research Compliance
Anderson Hall
New Mexico State University
1050 Stewart St.
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8002
(575)646-7177
E-mail: ovpr@nmsu.edu

Mailing Address
Office of Research Compliance
New Mexico State University
MSC 3RES P O Box 30002
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8002