We talk with Marianna Azar, Director and Chair of the NYC DOE’s Institutional Review Boards. The IRBs review all research proposals conducted through the schools to make sure they are conducted ethically and that the benefits to the students outweigh any burdens. In Part 1 of a 2-part interview, Ms. Azar describes how the IRBs work and their impact on researchers, schools, students and parents. Next week we’ll continue exploring the ethical issues that confront IRBs, including issues raised by Big Data.
00:57-02:42 NYC Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)
02:42-07:20 Relevance of background in philosophy and ethics
07:20-10:10 Examples of research projects submitted to NYC DOE IRBs
10:10-14:49 Topics researchers ask about
14:49-16:21 Biomedical and psychology studies
16:21-17:56 Why there are two NYC DOE IRBs
17:56-22:19 Recruiting volunteer IRB members
22:19-36:09 Submittal and review process
36:09-37:37 Factors affecting timeline from submittal to approval
37:37-39:47 Post-approval compliance
Click here to listen to the second part of this conversation “Research in schools (Part 2): Safeguarding the data”.
Soundtrack by Poddington Bear