Tag Archives: IRB protocols

Research in an educational setting can be challenging - for the researcher, IRB members and professional research administrator.  But, research in schools is also among the most important types of research. Still, specific guidelines related to research in this setting are only mentioned in the federal guidelines a few times. For instance, 45 CFR 56, (aka “The Common Rule” )section 46.101 mentions “educational settings” only a few ways: (1) Research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings, involving normal... Read More
Valleywise Health is a publicly funded teaching hospital system whose academic affairs office serves over 3,000 learners in more than 70 disciplines. The Research Department oversees a robust program of health services, laboratory-based, and clinical research. Carla Pauley, who is the manager of the IRB, came to the position in November 2016 and found a backlog of IRB requests and “piles of paper two-feet high! The department’s administrator had resigned”, Pauley explained,  “and the IRB... Read More
Researchers often overlook the interpersonal side of IRB protocol submissions. In fact, many researchers I encounter are surprised to know real people review their protocols. Some researchers believe that once they click, “submit” their protocol enters into a black hole, never to be seen again! All kidding aside, sometimes researchers need reminding that while IRB protocols are about adhering to ethical guidelines, they are also about knowing your population of interest, and knowing how to communicate... Read More
Before submitting your own IRB protocol, read someone else’s protocol. Ask about parts of their protocol that were most challenging or straightforward. If possible, ask them to share what feedback they received from the IRB committee and how they addressed those recommendations. Read blogs like these and share them with others. Pull together a collection of resources that other researchers can use for future IRB protocol submissions. Many researchers write an informed consent using academic jargon, but... Read More