The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for ensuring that all Walden University research complies with the university's ethical standards as well as U.S. federal regulations. IRB approval is required before collection of any data, including pilot data. Walden University does not accept responsibility for research conducted without the IRB's approval, and the university will not grant credit for student work that failed to comply with the policies and procedures related to ethical standards in research.
The IRB application should be completed by all students and faculty members who are conducting research projects of any scope involving collection or analysis of data. The only categories of research that do not need to be submitted for IRB approval are literature reviews, hypothetical research designs, and faculty projects that are completely independent of Walden resources, participants, and funding. IRB approval for course-based research projects should be obtained by the faculty member who designs the course.
The following self-paced online tutorial provides general information about the IRB as well as tips to help prepare researchers for the review process:
Self-paced Tutorial on the IRB's Ethics Review at Walden