IRB Insider

Education and Social/Behavioral Science Institutional Review Board (ED/SBS IRB) Newsletter, IRB Insider / Volume 9, Issue 1, September 2020

Research Reboot

Campus is now in Phase 2 of the research reboot with a gradual expansion of research activities while ensuring guidelines are followed to minimize the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see here for more information. We also strongly encourage study teams to review the IRB's Covid page FAQs and then contact us with any questions they may have. We are here to help.

IRB Efficiency Project

The UW IRBs recently launched a project to implement key changes to the IRB review process. Please see here for more information.

Recent ARROW Updates

The ARROW update at the end of May included various changes to improve the study team user experience, including;

  • New questions in the submission form for initial review asking specifically about any needs for urgent approval
  • Addition of a tool in the View Study Team Training activity allowing study teams to directly email anyone on their study team who has incomplete training certification
 If you have any questions about this or other ARROW changes, please email

Revamped Consent Form Wizard

As many ED/SBS researchers know, the Consent Form Wizard is a tool to help ensure all federally required elements of consent are included. The ED/SBS IRB Office worked with IT to update the Wizard to be more user friendly and incorporate Revised Common Rule requirements. The new Wizard can be found here. Researchers have to log-in with their NetID to access the Wizard. This provides more security and allows more features to be available in the Wizard. Please note, the Wizard should only be used by researchers submitting to the ED/SBS IRB. If researchers are submitting to the Health Sciences IRB or Minimal Risk IRB, their consent templates, available on their website, need to be used.

Workshops and Outreach Sessions

The ED/SBS IRB office offers workshops throughout the year that are open to all faculty, staff and students. The following virtual workshops are planned for the Fall 2020 semester:
  • An Introduction to the IRB
    This session offers an overview of the IRB process and procedures.  This includes required training, working in ARROW, developing a protocol application and supporting documents, and the IRB review process.
    September 24, 2020 @ 10-11am
    Because this session is being offered via Cisco WebEx, registration is required.  Registrants will receive a WebEx invitation the day before the event. Please register by September 22.
    Register HERE
For more information about these workshops and to register, check in on the IRB Workshops & Outreach page of our website. Given COVID-19, All workshops are currently being held virtually via WebEx so registration is required.

Our office can also plan an outreach session tailored to your needs!  An IRB staff member would be happy to come to a department meeting, research methods class, or hold a brown bag session to help faculty, students, and other researchers learn more about the process.  We can also address specific topics such as international research, research on campus, qualitative research, research with minors, research involving social media or other new technologies, and more.  To schedule an outreach event, please contact a member of the IRB Staff.  

Have questions?  The ED/SBS IRB Staff are here to help!

Whether you have questions about a specific protocol, have general questions, or need help getting started, there are many ways to contact the ED/SBS IRB office.