KEY FEATURES: Introduces students to developing research questions and shows their importance in driving research design. Rarely taught topics, such as how to enter and clean data, offer students information missed in both research methods and statistics courses. Shows how to write up survey results for academic, business and nonprofit reports to alleviate the confusion students feel about how to write up findings. Rigorous treatment of sampling focuses on many sampling issues from probability theory to weighting. Offers the process of actually conducting a survey with advice on administering surveys, incentives, and improving response rates.

How Do IRBs Monitor Research Ethics?

Erin Ruel

Research projects involving human subjects must be submitted to a university’s IRB for approval prior to engaging in the collection of data. The submission will include all aspects of the research design, as well as specific information for dealing with human subjects. This will include a statement of the risks and benefits to the potential participants, what groups of humans will be included in the study and why, how the privacy of the human subjects will be maintained, and how the participants will be informed about the study.

The 1978 Belmont Report cites three core values as important for human subjects research: beneficence, justice, and respect for persons. “Beneficence” means to minimize harms and maximize benefits. This will ...

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