I had this notion that my IRB application would only take 7 days. In anticipation of contingencies, I called the IRB today. Here is what I found out.
- It takes 21 days for an expedited review (the faster version for minimal risk studies) to be conducted.
- If there are changes or stipulations to be made, that can take another 7-10 days.
- The review board tends to be even more picky when the research is international.
- You are NOT allowed to begin data collection until you have received IRB approval.
- Defend my proposal on Feb 24th. Then submit my IRB immediately after.
- Fly to Country-of-Research (C-o-R) a few days later while waiting for IRB approval.
- Get IRB approval when I am in C-o-R, and collect data for two weeks.
- Fly to U.S. West coast to attend Glaser's Grounded Theory seminar.
Thankfully, I was able to be prepared enough with my IRB training that someone in IRB will help to push through my application so that I might be able to do as I had originally planned.
Moral of today's post: If your study requires IRB approval, plan your timing accordingly!