You are required to write recruitment materials for your IRB application if you plan to conduct human subjects research with adults.
Researchers who are doing research with minors may also write recruitment materials if the research takes place outside of an everyday K-12 educational context.
Recruitment is how you inform your potential participants that you are conducting a study and give them an opportunity to indicate their interest in participating.
You will recruit your participants by creating recruitment materials and distributing them in a way that will reach your intended population. Here are some common recruitment methods:
After you have received IRB approval. You may not collect data until after you have IRB approval.
If you have multiple participant groups who are all doing the same activities, answering questions about the same topics, and being recruited through the same recruitment methods, you will use the same recruitment materials for all groups. You should add subheadings to the eligibility section to clearly label each group and list the criteria separately for each group.
If any of your participant groups are doing different activities, answering questions about different topics, or being reached through different recruitment methods, you will use separate recruitment materials for each group.
All recruitment materials are required to include the following information:
Recruitment materials may not include the NCU logo or letterhead.
The following templates are optional and are provided as guides:
You will also be required to provide a Readability Report for your recruitment materials.
The NCU IRB recommends that you receive feedback on your recruitment materials before you submit your IRB application:
You will upload your recruitment materials in the "Recruitment" section of your IRB application.
The documents you upload to your IRB application should be ready to send to the participants. Double-check the following:
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