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Evaluation Instrument for Accreditation

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Latest Update: May 15, 2022

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.C.

ELEMENT I.4.C.: The organization promotes the involvement of community members, when appropriate, in the design and implementation of research and the dissemination of results. 
In some instances, the design and implementation of research can be enhanced when individuals from the community in which the research will be conducted are involved in the design, conduct, and analysis of data from the research. This can occur for an individual study or group of studies.  This Element is not applicable, or appropriate, for all research studies.

An organization can facilitate the involvement of community members by supporting community or patient advocacy boards, supporting researchers who wish to conduct community-based participatory research or other types of research that involve community members, or supporting the IRB or EC in developing the expertise to review community-based participatory research.

    Regulatory and guidance references

    •  None

    Required written materials

    1. Essential requirements:   
      1. Policies and procedures describe the additional considerations for reviewing research that involves community members in the research process, including: 
        1. The design and implementation of research
        2. The dissemination of results. 

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

    • Research studies using a community-based participatory research design
    • Use of community advisory boards 
    • Use of participant advocates 
    • Partnerships with community-based organizations  

    Outcomes

    • When appropriate, the organization supports mechanisms that allow researchers to involve community members in the research process, including the design and implementation of research and the dissemination of results.
    • When appropriate, researchers involve community members in the design, conduct, and analysis of data.
    • When appropriate, researchers inform community members about the results of the research study and utilize community members to help disseminate results.

    Proceed To: STANDARD I-5