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PROPOSED REVISIONS
TO THE COMMON RULE

for the Protection of Human Subjects in the
Behavioral and Social Sciences

Committee on Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of
Human Subjects in Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

Committee on National Statistics

Committee on Population

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
                          OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS

Washington, D.C.

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This study was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the National Academy of Education. Opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

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Suggested citation: National Research Council. (2014). Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Committee on Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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COMMITTEE ON REVISIONS TO THE COMMON RULE FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS IN RESEARCH IN THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

SUSAN T. FISKE (Chair), Department of Psychology and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

MELISSA E. ABRAHAM, Harvard University Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

CELIA B. FISHER, Center for Ethics Education and Department of Psychology, Fordham University

ROBERT M. GROVES, Office of the Provost, Georgetown University

PATRICIA K. HAMMAR, PKH Enterprises, LLC

JULIA I. LANE, American Institutes for Research and BETA, University of Strasbourg, CNRS

RENA S. LEDERMAN, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University

FELICE J. LEVINE, American Educational Research Association

ROBERT J. LEVINE, Department of Internal Medicine and Center for Bioethics, Yale University

BRADLEY A. MALIN, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University

RICHARD E. NISBETT, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

CHARLES R. PLOTT, Department of Economics and Political Science, California Institute of Technology

MARGARET FOSTER RILEY, School of Law, University of Virginia

YONETTE F. THOMAS, Association of American Geographers and Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

DAVID R. WEIR, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

JEANNE C. RIVARD, Study Director

JENNIFER DIAMOND, Program Associate (prior to June 2013)

JATRYCE JACKSON, Program Associate

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BOARD ON BEHAVIORAL, COGNITIVE, AND SENSORY SCIENCES

JOHN T. CACIOPPO (Chair), Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

LINDA M. BARTOSHUK, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Florida

RICHARD J. BONNIE, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, University of Virginia

JENNIFER S. COLE, Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ALICE H. EAGLY, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University

SUSAN T. FISKE, Department of Psychology and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

DANIEL R. ILGEN, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

NINA G. JABLONSKI, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University

JAMES S. JACKSON, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

JONATHAN D. MORENO, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

MICHAEL I. POSNER, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon (Emeritus)

MARCUS E. RAICHLE, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St. Louis

VALERIE F. REYNA, Human Neuroscience Institute, Cornell University

RICHARD M. SHIFFRIN, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University

JEREMY M. WOLFE, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Departments of Ophthalmology and Radiology, Harvard Medical School

BARBARA A. WANCHISEN, Director

JATRYCE JACKSON, Program Associate

MICKELLE RODRIGUEZ, Program Coordinator

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COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL STATISTICS 2013-2014

LAWRENCE D. BROWN (Chair), Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

JOHN M. ABOWD, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University

MARY ELLEN BOCK, Department of Statistics, Purdue University

DAVID CARD, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

ALICIA CARRIQUIRY, Department of Statistics, Iowa State University

MICHAEL E. CHERNEW, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

CONSTANTINE GATSONIS, Center for Statistical Sciences, Brown University

JAMES S. HOUSE, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

MICHAEL HOUT, Department of Sociology, New York University

SALLIE ANN KELLER, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, Arlington, VA

LISA LYNCH, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

COLM A. O’MUIRCHEARTAIGH, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago

RUTH D. PETERSON, Department of Sociology (emerita) and Criminal Justice Research Center, Ohio State University

EDWARD H. SHORTLIFFE, Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University and Arizona State University

HAL S. STERN, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine

CONSTANCE F. CITRO, Director

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COMMITTEE ON POPULATION

LINDA J. WAITE (Chair), Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

CHRISTINE BACHRACH, School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park

JERE R. BEHRMAN, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania

JASON H. BOARDMAN, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder

PETER J. DONALDSON, Population Council, New York, NY

KATHLEEN MULLAN HARRIS, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MARK D. HAYWARD, Population Research Center, University of Texas, Austin

CHARLES HIRSCHMAN, Department of Sociology, University of Washington

HILLARD S. KAPLAN, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

WOLFGANG LUTZ, World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria

ROBERT D. MARE, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

SARA MCLANAHAN, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, Princeton University

BARBARA B. TORREY, Guest Researcher, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health

MAXINE WEINSTEIN, Center for Population and Health, Georgetown University

DAVID R. WEIR, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

JOHN R. WILMOTH, Population Division/DESA, United Nations

THOMAS J. PLEWES, Director

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Acknowledgments

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: George Alter, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Cynthia M. Beall, Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University; Laura J. Bierut, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis; Christine L. Borgman, Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; James M. DuBois, Bander Center, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, St. Louis University; Daniel Gilbert, Department of Psychology, Harvard University; Jonathan B. Imber, Department of Sociology, Wellesley College; Alan F. Karr, Director’s Office, National Institute of Statistical Sciences; Randall Lutter, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia; and Monika S. Markowitz, Office of Research Integrity and Ethics, Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before

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its release. The review of this report was overseen by Matthew Rizzo, University of Iowa, Department of Neurology, and Lawrence D. Brown, Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Appointed by the NRC, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

The second, and current, phase of this project was sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the National Academy of Education. The committee would first like to extend a special thanks to Ed Dieterle, Daniel Goroff, and Gregory White in particular for their assistance as the program officers within the respective foundations. The committee would also like to express its appreciation to the sponsors of the first phase of this project, the workshop, for their participation and ongoing collaboration. The phase one sponsors included the National Science Foundation, American Academy of Political and Social Science, American Economic Association, American Sociological Association, NORC at the University of Chicago, Population Association of America, Russell Sage Foundation, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, and Westat.

The committee also wishes to thank a number of individuals who presented important content and contextual information for our consideration as speakers in the phase one workshop. These speakers included George Alter of the University of Michigan; Susan Bouregy of Yale University; Lois Brako of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Steven Breckler of the American Psychological Association; Richard Campbell of the University of Illinois at Chicago; Constance F. Citro of the National Research Council; Thomas J. Coates of the University of California, Los Angeles; Roxanne Cohen Silver of the University of California, Irvine; Celia B. Fisher of Fordham University; Rena Lederman of Princeton University; Taylor Martin of Utah State University; Brian Mustanski of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine; Pearl O’Rourke of Partners HealthCare; Charles R. Plott of the California Institute of Technology; Sally Powers of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Jeffery W. Rodamar of the U.S. Department of Education; and Laura Stark of Vanderbilt University. This committee is also grateful to Thomas J. Coates for contributing his time and critical participation as a committee member for the first phase of this project.

Appreciation is also extended to Barbara Wanchisen, director of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, and Robert M. Hauser, executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, for their leadership, guidance, and oversight of and

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support for the study; and program assistants, Kelly Arrington and Jatryce Jackson, who provided administrative and logistic support over the course of the study. We wish to extend our appreciation as well to Robert Katt for his extensive assistance in editing multiple drafts of the report. Finally, we thank the executive office reports staff of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, especially Yvonne Wise and Eugenia Grohman, who provided valuable help with the editing and production of the report, and Kirsten Sampson Snyder, who managed the report review process.

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Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences examines how to update human subjects protections regulations so that they effectively respond to current research contexts and methods. With a specific focus on social and behavioral sciences, this consensus report aims to address the dramatic alterations in the research landscapes that institutional review boards (IRBs) have come to inhabit during the past 40 years. The report aims to balance respect for the individual persons whose consent to participate makes research possible and respect for the social benefits that productive research communities make possible.

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