[URBANTH-L]ethnography and IRB outside of academia
kanacker at vt.edu
Tue Aug 26 16:27:43 EDT 2008
I saw your e-mail several weeks ago and meant to answer it -- sorry
about the delay. I am currently affiliated with a research institute
under the roof of a university. I am working on a project with a
non-profit organization which is not regulated by/affiliated with an
IRB. I applied for IRB approval of the project and the collaborator
of the non-profit organization was asked to take the IRB
certification exam. When he does this our research protocol will be
reviewed by the IRB.
Would it help to work with a collaborator from a university or would
this collaboration make the project more complicated?
At 03:07 PM 8/26/2008, chesluk at ix.netcom.com wrote:
>Dear fellow urbanists,
>Several weeks ago I wrote in asking for help or advice from anyone
>working outside of academia who'd had experience getting IRB
>approval for ethnographic research. I also promised to share the
>fruits of my request, so, here goes: Unfortunately, there are no
>easy answers. The AAA assures me they plan to look into this at some
>time in the near future. Several respondents suggested that my
>organization (the American Board of Internal Medicine) start its own
>IRB. One person let me know they had success working with a private
>IRB (such as the Essex or New England IRB) on an ethnographic study,
>though this took quite a bit of work on both sides. In short: there
>seems to be no straightforward approach to getting IRB approval for
>ethnographic research outside of academia.
>I remain open to learning more from fellow researchers' experiences,
>and if I learn something new of value I will pass it along to the group.
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Katrin B. Anacker, Ph.D.
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