The basic motivation for Leapfrog is ethical. We aim to create new, adaptable ways for organisations and communities to work together and develop public services. This is important for improving people’s quality of life and for making organisations more responsive. We hope to empower people and communities, helping different people’s voices to get heard.

At the same time, Leapfrog is a research project – what we are doing is often exploratory and experimental. So there are important ethical questions about how we do our research. We are committed to working in ways that safeguard the rights of everyone involved. To get positive results, we depend on the knowledge and experience of our partner organisations and communities. We are committed to recognising that contribution.

The basic principles of our project are set out in this one-​page statement – the Leapfrog Ethics Policy. After stating the ethos that underlies our work, the policy set out what individuals can expect of Leapfrog — for instance, how we will use individual data and contributions. It then sets out some core principles for our work with organisations, before stating how we will share information and publish results.

We hope the policy will give all our partners – individuals, communities and organisations – a concrete sense of what Leapfrog stands for and what they can expect of us, even if things don’t go entirely to plan! And we sincerely hope that all Leapfrog activities will respect, not just the letter of this policy, but also the spirit behind it – the ethical impulse to give people a meaningful voice in decisions that affect them.