IRB Guidance: Requirements and Tips for including Surveys, Interviews, and Tasks

When surveys, interviews, or tasks are part of the research activities for a study, written instruments for these activities must be submitted to and reviewed by the IRB before approval can be granted. The following guidance provides requirements and tips for appropriate format and content of these instruments.


The finalized survey questions in the version/format the participant will see them must be included in the application.

Survey Tips:


When an interview is included in the study, the uploaded document should include either:
Interview Tips:


When participant tasks (e.g., games, mental stimuli, journaling) are part of the study activities, please include the following.
Task Tips