Researchers are required to protect the rights and well-being of people who participate in federally funded studies.
This project examined the adequacy of human subjects protections afforded through institutional review boards (IRBs), or committees established to ensure ethical research methods. It included a nationally representative sample of more than 2,000 researchers, IRB chairs and members, administrators, and institution officials.
The evaluation concluded that human subjects protections were implemented effectively in a way that was consistent with federal regulations. The final report included recommendations to strengthen IRB operations, oversight, and education and training.
James Bell, M.A.
Founder and President
James Bell has more than 40 years of experience designing and directing national program evaluations. He started JBA in 1979 to help programs better serve...