THE LEGALITIES OF CONDUCTING EVALUATIONS FOR ADULT AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
WSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is required by law to review
all research and evaluations conducted by university personnel
who use human subjects. In other words, whenever we ask people
to be involved in our evaluations we need to have the evaluation
procedures and surveys, interviews, etc., approved by the IRB.
This is to assure that people are not being asked inappropriate
questions and that the process is ethical. It is also there to
protect you and your program in the event that someone doesn't
like some part of the evaluation.
WSU Cooperative Extension Life Skills Evaluation has been approved
by the WSU IRB. The approval included the following requirements
Notice of Passive Consent (see below) must
be sent to all parents whose children under
18 years of age may
be asked to participate in the evaluation of your program. We
suggest that you send a copy of this notice along with your
program materials when youth enter your program. You only need
to give the notice to parents once a year. It is then their
responsibility to contact you if they do not want their child
to participate in the evaluation. If you do not hear from the
parents, then their son or daughter can participate, if the
youth so desires.
paragraph at the top of the customized evaluation form explains
the participants' rights in completing the evaluation. This
information must remain on your evaluation form. You need to read it with the participants (both youth
and adult) who will be completing the evaluation.
you want to add any of your own indicators
to the Life Skills Evaluation and there is any chance that the results would be published, even in the
local newspaper, you must submit them to Mary Katherine Deen at firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be sent to the WSU IRB for approval. Dr. Deen
will be submitting any additional indicators on a monthly basis;
therefore, have any additional indicators to her by the first
of the month. Allow at least three weeks before you need the
evaluation to have the indicators approved.
NOTICE OF PASSIVE CONSENT (for youth participants):
a participant in the (name of the program) your son or
daughter may be asked to help with the evaluation of the program.
At the end of each program or program year, we conduct an evaluation
to tell us how well the program is working. Your son or daughter
may be asked to complete a written survey about what he or she
may have learned from participating in the program. We estimate
that it will take the youth participants approximately 10 minutes
to complete the survey.
are not required to participate in the evaluation. If your son
or daughter decides that he or she does not wish to participate,
it will not affect his or her participation in this or future
WSU Cooperative Extension programs. If your son or daughter does
not want to answer some questions on the survey, that is okay.
The survey responses will be anonymous, and your son's or daughter's
responses will not be identified in any way.
you do not want your son or daughter to participate in the evaluation
of (name of program), please contact (name of local
program staff member) at (contact information) before
your child begins attending the program. If you have any questions
about the evaluation, you can contact Dr. Mary Katherine Deen
at (509)682-6956 or the Washington State University Institutional
Review Board at (509)335-9661.
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