Curiosity and Constraints: A Case Study of Indigenous Tribal IRB Processes for Novice Researchers
A federally-recognized Indigenous tribe has experienced an increase in research inquiries by novice researchers at the high school and undergraduate levels. While the tribe’s institutional review board (IRB) has detailed and well-developed policies for graduate students or professional researchers whose research spans multiple semesters or years, these same policies become cumbersome and nearly unachievable for the intellectually curious, but novice researchers who are under tight time constraints—often less than a semester. This case study of an interdepartmental tribal project creates a step-by-step procedure that standardizes and truncates applications for minor and adult novice researchers. Step 1 is a pre-application process whereby the novice researcher provides the tribe’s research department with a one-page description of the proposed research. Step 2 is the completion of a truncated tribal IRB protocol submission. Step 3 is concurrent interactions with the tribal research department. Step 4 is a deliverable at the conclusion of the research. A well-conceived process offers benefits of speedier processes, fewer rewrites, conservation of resources, and increased goodwill for novice researchers.
Authors: Celia Stall-Meadows, Dannielle Branam
Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2022
- Date of Conference: 21-23 June, 2022
- DOI: 10.20533/CICE.2022.0048
- Electronic ISBN: 978-1-913572-49-5
- Conference Location: Virtual (Mississauga, Canada)