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If the survey is not anonymous, the project must be submitted using the standard IRB form, Application for Projects with Human Subjects. Data are anonymous if no one, including the researcher, can connect the data to the individual who provided it.

If the survey is anonymous, it is eligible for expedited review. Expedited reviews are conducted on a rolling basis; you do not need to wait for a regular IRB meeting date. Anonymous survey submissions must include: an application and copy of the survey instrument.

The survey instrument must include an introductory statement with all elements listed in the Anonymous Survey Application. This statement should include at the end the following text for all anonymous surveys: “This study has been approved by the Clark Committee for the Rights of Human Participants in Research and Training Programs (IRB). Any questions about human rights issues should be directed to the IRB Chair, Dr. Robert Johnston at 1-508-751-4619.”

You will need to specify how your instrument will be administered. If the survey will be conducted electronically, Clark’s web-based survey software, Qualtrics, must be used. If your methodology requires functionality that is not available in Qualtrics, ITS Staff may assist in evaluating the availability of the feature and alternative survey solutions. When collecting web data there are unique challenges to ensuring respondent anonymity; ITS staff will help ensure Qualtrics is configured in accordance with IRB standard protocol. To determine if Qualtrics will support your research methodology, visit the Survey Support section of the ITS web site.

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  • Lisa Gaudette, Director
  • 1-508-421-3835
  • lgaudette[at]clarku[dot]edu