Risks and wrongs in social science research: An evaluator's guide to the IRB

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Abstract

Having an Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and monitor the use of human subjects is now fundamental to ethical research. Yet social scientists appear increasingly frustrated with the process. This article aims to assist evaluators struggling to understand and work with IRBs. The author theorizes why IRBs frustrate and insists there is only one remedy: We must accept the legitimacy of IKB review and (a) learn more about IRB regulations, imperatives, and the new pressures on them; and (b) educate IRBs about social scientific methodologies and empirically demonstrable risks. A research agenda and tips are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-479
Number of pages37
JournalEvaluation Review
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2002

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