Federal regulations require that the IRB review anything that a potential participant might see or hear related to the research study.
All data collection materials including surveys, interview questions, etc. must be submitted to the IRB for review prior to use.
Only the investigator(s) or individuals of the research team can identify the responses of individual subjects. However, the researchers must make every effort to prevent anyone outside of the project from connecting individual subjects with their responses.
Personal identifying information must be kept separate from research data and both sets of data should be stored in an encrypted or locked format.
Anonymity of information collected from research participants means that either the project does not collect identifying information of individual subjects or the project cannot link individual responses with participants’ identities.
Examples of Identifying Information: