How do I complete my IRB application?

by | July 11, 2012

Podcast Description: Before learners can begin to gather any data for their dissertation, they must complete a rigorous review process that makes sure the research design is sound and ethical and that human subjects will be properly protected.

Transcript: The following presentation is a production of Capella University and is not intended for commercial use.

Welcome to another topic in a series of podcasts regarding aspects of the comprehensive exam and dissertation process.

Before you can begin to collect any data for your dissertation, you will need to complete an IRB (Institutional Review Board) application and have it approved. Some of you will also have to complete a similar review at your proposed research sites.

In fact, if you plan to gather data from another institution, you might want to make an initial contact with the staff there to share your research idea and receive a preliminary approval to use that site. You will need to find out the process that the Human Subjects Board at your institution uses to review and grant permission for the study. The approval from any sites that you are planning to use will be required as part of your IRB application.

The IRB application process at Capella is very clearly spelled out on the Research Center site. You can find that on iGuide3, under Resources.

At that site you will find several versions of the IRB application, and one of those versions will be appropriate for the research that you are proposing to conduct. Along with the IRB applications, you will also find numerous supplemental forms. One way to decide which application and supplemental forms are required for your study is to utilize the New Submission Tool found on the Research Center site.

The Research Center on iGuide provides a wealth of information, including tutorials about the IRB process.

As you are pulling together your IRB application, remember that you have to provide an application that is both accurate and complete. You will need to demonstrate that you have permission to use a particular site for your study; you will also need to explain how you plan to recruit your study participants.

If your study carries any risk of trauma or other potential harm to a participant, you will be required to show that you have a process in place to help that participant deal with the situation.

Once you have completed the IRB application package, you will work with your mentor to make sure every question is answered before you receive your mentor’s approval. Once your mentor has signed off on your application, it will be available on IRBnet for your reviewer. The reviewer is looking at the completeness of the application, the appropriateness of your proposed design for the research questions you have posed, and at all of your documentation. In addition, the reviewer is going to make sure that your IRB application reflects the same study that you have described in your proposal.

The Research and Scholarship site on iGuide provides numerous resources to help you answer your IRB application questions.

Remember, you bring unique circumstances to your doctoral journey. Follow up with your doctoral advisor for clarification and additional information about the dissertation process.

This presentation has been brought to you by Capella University and may not be re-transmitted or used for any commercial purpose without the expressed written consent of Capella University.

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