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New researchers frequently ask, “What does the Institutional Review Board process look like?” While every research proposal is different, the review process generally includes:
  • An initial administrative screening where the IRB administrator checks that all parts of the proposal are uploaded and complete (e.g., consent form, recruitment script, etc.).
  • A revision step where the Primary Investigator (PI) is contacted and asked to upload any missing parts or address any suggested edits.
  • A formal review process where reviewers examine... Read More
The effort to modernize old processes tends to be met with a lot of reticence in most organizations, regardless of size. Traditionally, organizations have remained steadfast in their decades-old systems. It might prove difficult to convince others to give up their paper-based processes in favor of a new online research compliance system. Researchers, IRB, and IACUC committees and their staff are mired in paper-based clerical functions, and an online compliance system can be an incredibly powerful tool... Read More
Adopting research compliance software, especially an online IRB system, as a small or mid-sized organization might seem like an overwhelming challenge. When considering the number of resources it takes to implement, train and onboard, as well as time, it might not seem like a worthy investment. However, Axiom’s Mentor system provides a host of benefits that can greatly contribute to increasing speed, efficiency, and overall convenience for your compliance office. Mentor IRB can become the... Read More
In many disciplines, funding agencies are expecting researchers to share their research data as a part of their research practice. While data sharing has benefits and can mobilize continued research, researchers are legally and ethically obligated to prevent accidental disclosure of sensitive information. Researchers’ attitudes towards sharing data may vary. It is important to understand the process of data sharing and develop a thoughtful plan describing how and why to share data. The following... Read More
It’s a new year and a fresh start to research in 2018. New researchers are beginning their IRB protocols and it is important for them to know the difference between four key terms associated with data collection: Anonymous,Confidential, De-identified, and Identifiable. Below are some examples of these key terms. Data in the following examples is used generally and can include numeric data (e.g., surveys) and qualitative materials (e.g., interview transcripts and field notes).
  • Anonymous – Anonymous data is collected in... Read More