Why We Are Online
As problems and questions regarding IRB human subjects review have surfaced in schools of policy and management, we have begun to receive requests for information about our experience and knowledge. In order to meet those requests efficiently, and in order to foster dialogue on these important issues, we have created this website.
As visitors to this site will learn, social scientists and educators around the nation are confused, vexed and often stymied by the conflicting messages that they receive about their obligations under the federal regulations. Regulators, ethicists and social scientists are engaged in a dialogue about what the regulations require, and whether and how they can make sense. This website is intended to introduce our colleagues to that dialogue.