The goals of the IRB Efficiency Initiative will be accomplished through the phases outlined below.
The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Human Subjects Office will be in touch with the UI research community regularly to share updates on our progress towards implementing changes in the key areas identified in this plan.
Hire a consultant in the field of human subjects research to conduct a thorough external evaluation of the UI IRB full board process.
Determine opportunities for process improvements to address the goals of increasing efficiency and decreasing processing time from submission of the application to release of approval
Identify meaningful opportunities for change that could address the following goals: provide long-range planning for shifts in the research landscape, increase faculty satisfaction, increase competitiveness for acquiring research funding, and assure the highest-quality of protections for human subjects
Identify next steps for implementing operational changes in the following areas: IRB Meetings, HRPP processes, and organizational design.
- Program, develop, test, and implement the top recommendations as identified in Phase I
- Update educational tools, internal SOPs and external facing policy guidance
Develop robust communication plans and new educational tools to support changes and keep the research community informed across the institution.
- Develop communication plan and FAQs about the plan and outcomes
- Develop a coordinated and proactive approach to keep the research community informed and engaged
- Identify opportunities for soliciting feedback on changes
Coordinate all administrative, regulatory, education, financial, and human resources elements to support the IRB Efficiency Initiative.