Transparency is vital at each stage of research collaboration.
Transparency, in the initial stages of research, means being clear about where the project (and the researcher) comes from, what the goals, expectations and projected outcomes of the project are, whether these differ between individuals or are agreed collectively. This openness should be sustained throughout the research process, Reflecting on what we do and regular communication to share this. Any changes to the original plan, or problems that arise, should be reported to all of those involved.
Transparency is also about ensuirng thr quality of the research, as it is a precondition of 4.15 Being rigorous and 4.16 Making sure its valid. This simply means making sure that each stage of the methods used, as well as the way data are analysed, are documented clearly. It also involves accuracy in reporting on the research, and making the findings accessible to as many people as is possible and appropriate.
Transparency is essential element of An agreed level of collaboration - whichever level this may entail.
Both researchers and Transitioners should be clear and open about what is happening at each stage of a research project; about the processes; and about the findings.