Community Involvement in Research Training

Program Development

Development of CIRTification began with an extensive review of the literature on ethical issues in community-engaged research and existing human research protections training programs.

Experts in human research protections, academic faculty members who serve as principal investigators on community-engaged research projects, and community research partners provided input and feedback on these materials during various stages of development. Feedback was provided through formative research (focus groups), presentation and discussion, and pilot sessions.

CIRTification has been reviewed by faculty members and human research protections administrators at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Rush University and is currently offered to community research partners working with faculty at these four institutions.