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Sean Grant

Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Co-Authors: Kathryn Bouskill (RAND Corporation)

Open Science and Institutional Review Boards: Aligning Transparency with Regulatory Protections for Human Research Subjects

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are often overlooked yet critical stakeholders to engage in the open science movement. Practical tutorials on “ethical” open science primarily target researchers, yet IRB professionals themselves need to be engaged directly as well. Given that IRBs are compliance offices, IRBs will be most receptive to engagement that is explicitly responsive to regulatory protections for human subjects. This poster will present findings from a policy analysis, survey, and interviews on how to align IRBs with open science while remaining sensitive to the IRB regulatory environment. We discuss how IRBs could develop specific procedures, guidance, templates, and expertise to help investigators use open science practices while remaining compliant with regulations to protect human subjects. Engaging IRBs in this way will help the open science movement protect the most important stakeholders of the research enterprise: members of the public who participate in research.

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