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Institutional Review Board (IRB): Archival/Secondary Data

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Archival/Secondary Data Sets

Some researchers may use archival, secondary, or existing data sets that were previously collected by another researcher or organization. Examples of archival or secondary data include census data, General Social Survey (GSS), National Opinion Research Center, (NORC), Pew Research, or data sets maintained by a company, institution, or organization.

If you are using only an archival or secondary data set in your study, your IRB application will be quite short. You will only need the following documents:

  1. CITI Certificate
  2. Data Use Agreement (only if your data set is private and not publicly available)