Working with an Institutional Review Board

All evaluators and researchers need to consider the protection of the people they are gathering data from. This might mean working with an Institutional Review Board (IRB). An IRB is a committee that reviews and approves research and evaluation protocols that involve gathering data from human subjects. Below are links to a CAISE-curated blog series that provides resources and an ongoing forum for people who are doing research and evaluation in informal STEM learning environments to help them navigate the complexities of defining appropriate procedures for human subjects protection.

Navigating the complexities of research on human subjects in informal settings

Going through the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Process For Informal Education Organizations

Facilitating the IRB Process: Limiting Risk to Research Participants and Obtaining Implied Consent

Resources for Dealing with the IRB Process: Sample Applications, Consent Forms, & Organizations