Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Institutional Review Board (IRB) exists to assure that all scientific research conducted within the scope of DHS responsibility be consistent with applicable state and federal laws, regulations, and ethical principles, which relate to the protection of human subjects of research.
The Department of Human Services is committed to expanding our knowledge of how to provide supports to people using the most effective and efficient methods. The Institutional Review Board is a committee for the department comprised of people experienced in advocating for and accessing human services, conducting research, and/or providing clinical services. Research in human services must be conducted with the utmost respect for the privacy and other rights of each individual for which federal and state regulations set the standards. The IRB is dedicated to the purpose of promoting the conduct of responsible research efforts within DHS.
The IRB was initially formed in September 2000 to consolidate diverse processes intended to monitor research within the various divisions of the Department of Human Services. The department's senior management team endorsed the organization of the IRB in 2001 and required all proposed research to conform to the review processes established by the Board.