Institutional Review Board for Ethical Standards in Research

IRB Office Hours now offered
4-5 pm central Tuesdays
12-1 pm central Wednesdays
8-9 am central Saturdays

In a group advising format, a faculty IRB member will help students brainstorm solutions to ethical challenges in doctoral research, including:
-setting up partnerships with sites
-recruiting participants
-different ways to obtain and document consent
-minimizing risks for participants
-maintaining data privacy
-managing dual roles and possible conflicts of interest
-sharing results with stakeholders

To join in real time, click  Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can join. No password needed. 

Bring your questions. Explore solutions. Learn from other studentsí questions and ideas. Pave the way to a smoother IRB review.

Institutional Review Board for Ethical Standards in Research

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for ensuring that all Walden University research complies with the university's ethical standards as well as U.S. federal regulations. IRB approval is required before collection of any data, including pilot data. Walden University does not accept responsibility for research conducted without the IRB's approval, and the university will not grant credit for student work that failed to comply with the policies and procedures related to ethical standards in research.

The IRB application should be completed by all students and faculty members who are conducting research projects of any scope involving collection or analysis of data. The only categories of research that do not need to be submitted for IRB approval are literature reviews, hypothetical research designs, and faculty projects that are completely independent of Walden resources, participants, and funding. IRB approval for course-based research projects should be obtained by the faculty member who designs the course.

The following self-paced online tutorial provides general information about the IRB as well as tips to help prepare researchers for the review process:

Self-paced Tutorial on the IRB's Ethics Review at Walden

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