Yes! Absolutely! We recommend getting started on the IRB application as you work on chapter 3/section 2. It can be helpful to guide you as you as set up your study plan.
Gender is not recognized as binary. All documents involved in research that ask for gender must provide inclusive options. Consider the example below:
The following resources can assist with inclusive and sensitive design of demographic and other gender-related questions:
Incentives are really important for getting participants right now. We recommend that you start saving money as soon as you can, so when you get to the IRB process, you have a little stash that you can give to participants as an incentive.
The amount of the incentive depends on the group; for example, a nursing supervisor may require a larger incentive for participation than a frontline restaurant worker. In addition, the more time or activities that you will ask of your participants, the larger your incentive may need to be. If you want interview participants for an hour and then you want them to be in a focus group for another hour, the incentive would have to be pretty appealing. In the IRB, we are seeing incentives between $35–$50 per hour for some groups, and participation is still low. Folks are worn out and just do not want to spend another hour on Zoom. Please consider all of this as you are setting up your study.
If you will be recruiting participants from multiple populations (such as students and teachers), you must make this clear throughout your application.
You will need separate materials (recruitment and consent), one for each group. Please attend the Group Writing Sessions on either Recruitment or Consent Materials to learn details.
Before submitting to the IRB, make sure that this information is aligned across your recruitment material/s, consent material/s, and IRB application.
Yes. If you are recruiting individuals who work at a specific company or organization, then you must name that company or organization in your IRB application. Your IRB reviewer will need to fully understand who/where you are recruiting in order to review your application. Specifically, you will name this company/organization in your eligibility criteria and in your description of how/where you plan to recruit participants.
While you will name the company/organization in your IRB materials, you can still omit their name when writing up your study findings in your dissertation.
You should work with your dissertation chair and consider modifying your study. Here are some things to consider:
If you decide to modify your study, you will submit a modification application and wait to receive IRB approval before implementing these changes.
The only IRB document you should include in your dissertation appendices is your IRB approval letter or determination letter. Other IRB-related documents, such as consent materials, recruitment materials, site permissions, or confidentiality agreements, should not be included in your published dissertation manuscript. These documents could reveal the identity of your participants via deductive disclosure.