ERIC Number: ED478804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty and Students at Nova Southeastern University Judge the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Research with Human Subjects: Fall Term 2001.
MacFarland, Thomas W.
Recognizing the need for a formal process on oversight and protection of human subjects in the research process, Nova Southeastern University established an Institutional Review Board Task Force in May 1996. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) was evaluated in this study by those with operational knowledge of its activities: committee members and principal investigators who have engaged with the IRB in the last few years. An iterative process was used to develop the survey instrument, which was sent to 149 committee members and principal investigators. Responses were received from 20 participants (13.4%), and there is concern about how representative the respondents are of the population as a whole. Overall, survey respondents were quite positive in their judgment of the University's IRB. Nearly 96% of statements about the IRB in the survey received a modal rating of 4 ("agree") or 5 ("Strongly Agree"). The only statement to receive a modal rating of three was about feedback from the center representative. Participants were especially positive on their level of satisfaction with service and support provided by staff in the University's Office of Grants and Contracts. The findings serve as an additional demonstration to external constituencies of the University's commitment to the continuous nature of internal assessments that address the spirit of the institutional effectiveness process. The survey is attached. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nova Southeastern Univ., Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Research and Planning.