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Evaluation Instrument for Accreditation

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION DOMAIN I: ORGANIZATION DOMAIN II: INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD OR ETHICS COMMITTEE DOMAIN III: RESEARCHER AND RESEARCH STAFF TABLES

ELEMENT I.4.B.

ELEMENT I.4.B.: The organization conducts activities designed to enhance understanding of human research by participants, prospective participants, or their communities, when appropriate. These activities are evaluated on a regular basis for improvement.
To enhance the public’s understanding of research, organizations should perform outreach activities.  The scope of the outreach activities should be proportional to the size and complexity of the research program. There is no requirement that a single activity will result in measurable changes in community understanding. 

Regulatory and guidance references

  • None

Required written materials

  1. Essential requirements:
    1. Policies and procedures describe the plan and methods for enhancing the understanding of participants, prospective participants, and communities.
    2. Policies and procedures describe the periodic evaluation of outreach activities.


Common types of materials that may be used to meet the element

  • Pamphlet or brochure
  • Web site
  • Research Day
  • Mini-medical school
  • Speaker bureau
  • Evaluation reports
  • Quality improvement plans 

Outcomes

  • The organization provides information designed to enhance the understanding of research involving participants and their community.
  • IRB or EC members and researchers can describe the characteristics and culture of the communities in which they oversee or conduct research, respectively.
  • The organization makes improvements to its outreach activities as needed, based upon a periodic assessment. 

Proceed To: ELEMENT I.4.C.