The emergence of online communities and research on and through social media has presented challenges to institutional review boards (IRBs) who assess novel recruitment methods, data collection techniques, and diverse forms of risk. This webinar described an array of online spaces, with a particular focus on appropriate IRB review.
The following topics were covered during this webinar:
- The specificity of social media as it relates to online research
- Different types of social media used in human subjects research
- Tips for evaluating what qualifies as appropriate recruitment and data collection techniques in diverse online spaces
- Relevant issues and important considerations for IRBs regarding social media research
- Techniques for IRBs to address questions of social norms in online communities and social media fora
- Strategies for how IRBs can estimate baseline risks to subjects, and specifically, what constitutes risk and what constitutes more than minimal risk in online research.
This intermediate level webinar was of interest to IRB chairs, members, and staff who review social science/behavioral research online. A basic understanding of internet research is assumed.