IRB Insider

Education and Social/Behavioral Science Institutional Review Board (ED/SBS IRB) Newsletter, IRB Insider / Volume 8, Issue 2, January 2020

ED/SBS IRB Member Vacancy

The ED/SBS IRB has a vacancy on its committee that we are looking to fill with a faculty member with international expertise, particularly in the Middle East, Asia or Central/South America. However, any international expertise is wanted. Meetings are year round and every second Wednesday of month in Lathrop Hall from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. If you or someone you know may be interested in joining the ED/SBS IRB Committee, please contact Casey Pellien, ED/SBS IRB Director (casey.pellien@wisc.edu, 608-265-4312).

Revised Common Rule Single IRB Requirement Now in Effect

As of January 20th, the revised Common Rule’s single IRB review requirement is effective. This means that all federally-funded, non-exempt studies MUST be reviewed by a single IRB. Researchers seeking federal funding for studies involving multiple sites or external personnel are encouraged to contact the Reliance and Navigation Team (irbreliance@wisc.edu) for assistance in determining whether the single IRB requirement applies to their study and, if so, which IRB is the best option for their study.

February ARROW Update

ARROW will be updated at the end of February with a significant update:

  • Self-service personnel updates will replace the current personnel change process. This will be applied across all application types (e.g., exemptions, ceded, and regular applications. (Changes in PI will still need to be submitted as a change of protocol.)

More information about this update will be forthcoming in February. If you have any questions about this or other ARROW changes, please email arrow-help@mailplus.wisc.edu.

Coming Soon: Revamped Consent Form Wizard

As many ED/SBS researchers know, the Consent Form Wizard is a tool to help ensure all federally required elements of consent are included. The Wizard currently runs on a very old platform and has been in need of updating for some time now. The ED/SBS IRB Office is working with IT to update the Wizard to be more user friendly and is scheduled to go live at the end of February. An announcement will be sent when the updated Consent Form Wizard is available. Researchers will now have to log-in with their NetID to access the Wizard. This provides more security and allows more features to be available in the Wizard. Please note, the Wizard should only be used by researchers submitting to the ED/SBS IRB. If researchers are submitting to the Health Sciences IRB or Minimal Risk IRB, their consent templates, available on their website, need to be used. 

Reminder: Reliance and Navigation Team (RELIANT) 

As mentioned in our Fall newsletter, in cooperation with the ED/SBS IRB Office, IRB reliance services are being centralized under RELIANT, a team of reliance experts, to provide a single point of contact for all researchers on campus seeking assistance with reliance arrangements and questions. If you have reliance related questions about your study, please contact contact RELIANT (irbreliance@wisc.edu) for help.

Plan ahead for International and Summer Research Projects

Planning on doing international or summer research? Please attend our IRB workshop (see below) or come talk to a member of the IRB Staff as soon as possible about your project to ensure you are prepared and have enough time to get it approved before traveling! We have drop-in hours twice a week (see below) or you can contact us to make an appointment outside of drop-ins. 

Workshops and Outreach Sessions

The ED/SBS IRB office offers workshops throughout the year that are open to all faculty, staff and students. The following workshops are planned for the Spring 2020 semester:
For more information about these workshops and to register, check in on the IRB Workshops & Outreach page of our website. All workshops are held in B137 of Lathrop Hall.

Our office can also plan an outreach session tailored to your needs!  An IRB staff member would be happy to come to a department meeting, research methods class, or hold a brown bag session to help faculty, students, and other researchers learn more about the process.  We can also address specific topics such as international research, research on campus, qualitative research, research with minors, research involving social media or other new technologies, and more.  To schedule an outreach event, please contact a member of the IRB Staff.  

Professional Research Education Program (PREP)

We also encourage you to consider attending workshops offered through our campus partner, PREP.  While the following sessions may be tailored more towards biomedical research, they may be of interest to education and social/behavioral researchers:
For a full list of PREP courses and to register, please go here and find PREP in the catalog list.

Have questions?  The ED/SBS IRB Staff are here to help!

Whether you have questions about a specific protocol, have general questions, or need help getting started, there are many ways to contact the ED/SBS IRB office.
  • For questions regarding a specific protocol, contact the assigned Staff Reviewer.  Instructions for identifying the Staff Reviewer are located here.
  • Drop-in hours are every Wednesday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  The IRB staff are located on the 3rd floor of Lathrop Hall (take the west elevator or stairs).
  • IRB staff have 12-month appointments and are available for meetings/consults year-round.  Individual appointments can be scheduled throughout the week.  Contact an IRB staff member to schedule an appointment.  Contact information is available here.
  • For questions about ARROW, email arrow-help@mailplus.wisc.edu.
  • To schedule an Outreach Session for your class, department, or group to learn more about the IRB, visit the IRB Workshops & Outreach page of our website.
  • The ED/SBS IRB Office KnowledgeBase is a great resource for researchers and includes FAQs, guidance documents, information for new researchers, and much more!