University Institutional Review Boards (IRB) carry the responsibility of reviewing and approving all research protocols involving human subjects. As Extension professionals prepare to assess the effectiveness of 4-H and other Extension youth programs, they should be aware of the general requirements imposed by IRBs and particularly of the special requirements for research involving youth. In this article, we outline the IRB requirements often applied to youth research and provide tips for Extension professionals involved in such projects.
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Tegt, J., & West, B. (2009). What Cooperative Extension Professionals Need to Know About Institutional Review Boards: Working with Youth. The Journal of Extension, 47(6), Article 23. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss6/23