The new LARIA Charter will apply from 1st March 2014 for all LARIA Full members. Thank you to everyone who helped to develop it and we incorporated many of the ideas raised on the Knowledge Hub and directly from members. If you are a Full member and do not wish to sign up to the Charter we can refund any membership fee and change your membership type. The LARIA Charter does not apply to non-Full members.
After 1st March 2014 all Full members of LARIA will be classed as having signed up to the LARIA Charter. In recognition of this commitment to LARIA and the sector they will be entitled to the post-nominal letters “LARIA” after their name (as specified in Laria Rules).
LARIA Full Members improve lives and local areas through the use of local research, intelligence and policy.
To do this they agree to aim to do the following through their work:
1. Deliver professional research, intelligence and policy by
- Defining the issue or problem to address and specifying the research question
- Designing an appropriate and replicable research, intelligence and policy methodology (or methodologies) to use
- Managing their own workload and support the team they work with
- Acting ethically and with integrity in compliance with relevant statutory, regulatory and organisation requirements
- Analysing the information gathered to a high standard to provide robust conclusions and intelligence
- Practically implement an effective research method to each specific situation
2. Support robust evidence-based decisions by
- Identifying the needs of decision makers
- Presenting information and intelligence as required by the final audience
- Helping others, including partner organisations, to understand and use the information and intelligence gathered
- Making the case for research and intelligence to be at the heart of policy development
3. Develop a broad understanding of issues and methodologies by
- Understanding the broader social, political and economic context of the needs of the local people and local areas they serve
- Understanding the strategic needs of the organisation they work for
- Having an awareness of a broad range of specialities and research, intelligence and policy techniques
4. Support other research and intelligence professionals by
- Sharing best practice by for example writing articles and entering awards
- Networking with other research and intelligence professionals through local and national LARIA events and online discussions
- Offering advice, coaching and other support to other research, intelligence and policy professionals
- Actively engaging in relevant government consultations and proactively help government and others to understand the impact of the decisions they make
- Being an active member of LARIA by supporting its development and help organise activities
- Promote the benefits of LARIA membership to others within their organisation and elsewhere
The Charter is an individual commitment and a professional development tool rather than a Standard’s Code. In exceptional circumstances the LARIA Council will consider submissions from LARIA members, or members of the public, to consider if a Full member has not fulfilled the commitment of the Member Charter. In such cases, if proven, it is likely the LARIA Council will recommend possible training and professional development opportunities. The LARIA Charter does not apply to the organisation the LARIA Full member works for. It cannot be used as the basis of any formal complaint or challenge to the robustness of consultations or any other activities. Any such attempts will be immediately rejected by the LARIA Council.