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CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY

Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement Policy 

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Society for Prevention Research
Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement Policy
Membership

The goals of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) are to promote the advancement of science-based prevention programs and policies through empirical research. The Society has a fundamental interest in ensuring that its educational programs, journal and service activities are consistent with these goals. Furthermore, the Society has an interest that its members, in their research, teaching, practice and service, shall be alert and attentive to situations that might cause a conflict of interest (or the appearance of a conflict), and to take appropriate action either to prevent such a conflict or to disclose it to all appropriate parties.

Such conflicts of interest may arise out of commitments involving honoraria, consultant relationships, participation in a speakers bureau, stock holdings or options, royalties, ownership of a company or patent, research contracts or grants, and, in some instances, being an official representative of another organization. 

Key Guiding Principles

1. SPR members should seek to determine their own, their clients’, and other stakeholders’ interests concerning the conduct and outcomes of their research. Such interests may be related to the advancement of their careers, or may be financial or political in nature.

2. SPR members should disclose relevant sources of financial support, and pertinent personal or professional interests, to their employers or clients, to the sponsors of their professional work, and in public speeches and written publications.

3. SPR members should not misrepresent their procedures, data or findings. They should report their findings fully and should not omit relevant data. They should report study results regardless of whether these results support or contradict expected outcomes. Within reasonable limits, they should attempt to prevent or correct any substantial misuses of their work by others.

4. SPR members should take particular care to state all relevant limitations that may bear on or bias the findings and interpretation of their research, including underlying assumptions, theories, methods, measures, and research designs.

5. After research results are published, SPR members should not unreasonably withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify their substantive claims through reanalysis, and who intend to use such data only for that purpose. Study data should be shared as long as the confidentiality of the participants can be adequately protected, obligations to collaborators as well as community and institutional partnerships are met, and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release. To that end, SPR members should keep data available and retain documentation relating to the research for seven (7 ) years after publication or dissemination of results.

Special Provisions

1. Candidates for any elected office will sign a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement before the election, and this statement will be publicly available.

All SPR Board members, Officers and the Chairs of all Board Committees, will update their Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statment on a yearly basis.

2. All individuals submitting manuscripts for publication in SPRs journal Prevention Science will submit a signed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement.

3. All individuals submitting abstracts for presentation at SPR sponsored meetings will submit a signed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement.

4. When conducting an SPR sponsored review of prevention programs, reviewers are required to disclose any of the above conflicts of interest, and when conflicts of interest are of sufficient concern they should not participate in the evaluation of summary.

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Society for Prevention Research
Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement Policy
Officers, Directors, Commitee Chairs
(including Nominees for these positions)

Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs of the Society for Prevention Research shall avoid conflicts of interest that have an impact on Society business or policy; shall reveal conflicts of interest and potential or perceived conflicts of interest to the president, past president or senior staff of the Society; and shall withdraw from making any decisions or voting on any issues involving Society business or policy when confronted with a conflict of interest concerning the matter at issue in the decision or vote.

A conflict of interest exists when an Officer, Director, or Committee Chair:

A. Acting in his/her official Society capacity knows that s/he, spouse, parent, sibling or child has a financial interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the decision or vote in question.

B. Has reason to believe that a possible outcome of a decision or vote is likely to be directly adverse or favorable to the interest of his/her employer or client, or other party involved with the professional activities of that Officer, Director or Committee Chair.

C. Has a personal bias, prejudice, or interest such that s/he believes s/he cannot make an unbiased decision in the best interests of the Society.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

___ I have either no or inconsequential conflicts of interest.

___ I have a conflict of interest, as described in the attached document.

Determination by the Board of Directors or its designee as to the existence of a conflict of interest shall be final.

I agree that I shall adhere to the above stated policy throughout my term as
_________________________of the Society for Prevention Research and submit updated conflicts of interest disclosure statements as necessary.

_____________________ ______________
SIGNED DATE

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Society for Prevention Research
Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement Policy
Abstract Submission

The goals of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) are to promote the advancement of science-based prevention programs and policies through empirical research. The Society has a fundamental interest in ensuring that its educational programs, journal and service activities are consistent with these goals. The purpose of this Disclosure Statement is to ask prospective participants in SPR activities to consider whether or not they may have a conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, that may compromise or appear to compromise the objectivity or unbiased nature of their presentations.

Such conflicts of interest may arise out of commitments involving honoraria, consultant relationships, participation in a speakers’ bureau, stock holdings or options, royalties, ownership of a company or patent, research contracts or grants, and, in some instances, being an official representative of another organization.

All individuals submitting abstracts for presentation at SPR sponsored meetings will complete the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement form. Any conflict of interest should also be announced verbally or in writing (slide, poster, etc.) during presentation at the SPR meeting or activity.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

__ I have either no or inconsequential conflicts of interest.

__ I have a conflict of interest, as described in the attached

document.

(This is a required field in the on-line abstract submission process. Open ended text field is available to insert document.)

_____________________ ______________
SIGNED DATE

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Society for Prevention Research
Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement Policy
Journal Submission

The goals of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) are to promote the advancement of science-based prevention programs and policies through empirical research. The Society has a fundamental interest in ensuring that its journal, educational programs and service activities are consistent with these goals. The purpose of this Disclosure Statement is to ask prospective participants in SPR activities to consider whether or not they may have a conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, that may compromise or appear to compromise the objectivity or unbiased nature of their presentations.

Such conflicts of interest may arise out of commitments involving honoraria, consultant relationships, participation in a speakers’ bureau, stock holdings or options, royalties, ownership of a company or patent, research contracts or grants, and, in some instances, being an official representative of another organization.

All individuals submitting manuscripts for publication in SPR’s journal Prevention Science will complete the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement form. Any conflict of interest will be included as a footnote in the published manuscript.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

__ I have either no or inconsequential conflicts of interest.

__ I have a conflict of interest, as described in the attached document.

_____________________ ______________
SIGNED DATE

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