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This site is for researchers considering writing and submitting a SBER (social, behavioral, educational research) project.  SBER studies represent a broad scope of complexity. SBER researchers have a wide range of experience.  You may have been through an IRB review process before, but every single IRB is different.

Examples of SBER studies:
  • Evaluation studies
  • Survey validation (whether or not FDA regulated)
  • Interventions or surveys in afterschool programs
  • Focus groups
  • Secondary use of data

What is our purpose with this website?
We could call this section “the guidance for simple studies” but some simple studies aren’t simple.*  It is the objective of this part of our web site to help provide guidance, to give clarification and to streamline your submission process.

What’s first?
We will help you through the threshold questions to evaluate if what you are doing meets the definition or research or human subjects and, if so, if it might be exempt from the IRB review requirement.
We will help you through several human subjects aspects of study design and consideration that should help you through the IRB review requirements.

And...?
After the broad overview, we offer more in-depth information.
We love to be able to do fast reviews… and we can if everything is complete and well-presented covering all the necessary topics.  With each question we have to ask, time flies.

* ASIDE:
IRB administrators have one of those instant jokes.  Someone will say, “but it’s just a simple study” and everyone will laugh.  Simple studies are often the ones with the most problems, generally through omission.  With the materials provided here we hope that your simple study will be the one to disprove the rule.
Last Updated ( Friday, 24 February 2017 09:13 )