The University of New Hampshire (UNH) has a site license for faculty, staff, and students to use the Qualtrics Survey Research Suite, a Web-based survey and data analysis service. Qualtrics is a powerful online survey which allows unlimited surveys and survey responses annually. The UNH license includes offline survey use with tablets or smartphone devices.
Certificates of Confidentiality (CoCs) are a tool available to researchers to help protect the privacy of research participants in studies where researchers collect sensitive information about them. CoCs protect researchers and institutions from forced disclosure of information that may identify research participants during the time that the Certificate is in effect.
A recent post on the Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research’s Ampersand blog focused on massive open online courses (MOOCs) and the implications of conducting research on participants’ experiences in these courses. The purpose of the June 2014 Asilomar Convention for Learning Research in Higher Education was to "specify the ethical challenges and obligations that accompa
The next meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections (SACHRP) is July 21-22, 2014 (agenda available here) in Rockville, MD. There will be a live webcast of the meeting.
Facebook’s 2012 study that involved altering the news feed of approximately 690,000 randomly selected users without their consent has caused quite a stir. The results were recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), which then issued an Expression of Concern about the study. Articles in the Atlantic and
The UNH Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) is instituting a training requirement for any individual who submits an application for approval to use human subjects in research.