Informed Consent and the IRB

Informed Consent and the IRB

As noted in your course work, all research must be approved by the institution under which it is being conducted. In order to gain such an approval, the researcher must provide an evaluation panel of the institution (typically an Institutional Review Board, IRB; or in our case the College Research Review Committee, CRRC) with information as to the type of participants they will use and how they will be handled within the research process. An important element of that handling process is informing the participants what to expect as part of the experimental condition. For this lab I would like you to do the following:

·       Visit MCC’s Human Subjects Research (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. web site:

1.     Create an Informed Consent form for your research project, using the guidelines presented in the Bordens and Abbott text and in this sample.  Note that the sample was created to depict a specific situation, you will need to create an Informed Consent form that mirrors your research and the sample that you will be using.

2.     Determine if your research must be reviewed (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. by the CRRC; which, of course, is highly likely.

3.     Complete the application requirements for Student Research; which includes completing the PHRP Training (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. as listed and filling out the College Research Review Form.

4.     Send me an electronic copy of your informed consent form, your PHRP Training Certificate of Completion (if you haven’t already) and your completed College Research Review Form. These items should be submitted through this lab in Canvas; I will review your materials and provide you with any feedback and formally submit your documents to the CRRC Committee (of which I am a member) once I approve them.

·       Contact me with any questions.

Note: Your research project must be approved by your instructor and the CRRC before any data can be collected; students who collect data without permission, or collect data using methods not described within their approved CRRC application, will not be allowed to use the resulting data / analysis / write up for Paper # 4 or the Term Project.

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