Community Involvement in Research Training

CIRTification is a human research protections training program designed specifically for community research partners with little or no prior research experience.
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What Makes CIRTification Unique?

CIRTification is tailored to the unique roles of community research partners. Ideally, this training program will not only teach community research partners about the importance of protecting research participants but also enhance the overall contribution that they are able to make to their respective research teams towards the goal of becoming co-researchers.

This program was designed to substitute for (or supplement) the standard human research protection training required by many institutions.


  • considers community partners' limited research experience
  • is interactive
  • addresses ethical issues in plain language
  • uses real-world examples
  • focuses on the application of new knowledge

Adult Learning Principles

The activities presented in this facilitator manual incorporate best practices for adult learning. Participatory activities such as brainstorming, case-based discussions, and role playing provide learners with opportunities to see, hear, discuss, and apply.