Social change research can potentially benefit society in a variety of ways, but it also creates unique ethical dilemmas. Researchers have an obligation to obtain informed consent and maintain confidentiality of data. However, informed consent could reduce the authenticity of responses, and confidentiality can also impede the extent to which the research benefits participants. Additionally, researchers themselves may also experience harm to their bodies, social standing, or emotions when implementing social change research. But risks can be mitigated when appropriate plans and guidelines are in place. Researchers may also report findings that the public finds controversial or misinterprets. Yet, researchers can take steps to ensure that results are reported accurately to maximize the payoff of such research to society. Therefore, for social change research to be considered ethical, it is important to take into account the benefits and risks to all stakeholders.