Survey research, which includes face-to-face interviews, telephone interview or self-administered (as through the mail or via the Internet) questionnaires, generally have a low cost of participation, that is it usually requires only a small amount of a subjects’ time. Such research may usually be considered in an “exempt review” and may not require written consent, as clarified below.
- Survey research may be considered in an exempt review if the survey is anonymous or protection of the confidentiality of research subjects is adequately demonstrated, and if all other applicable criteria for exempt review are fulfilled.
- In order to qualify for a waiver of written consent, you must fully explain in your application why a written consent is not needed and the survey instrument should:
- Inform subjects of all applicable elements of consent prior to responding to the survey; and
- Meet all other criteria for an exempt review.