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Webinar: (2019-05) Data Sharing in SBER: Balancing Transparency and Human Research Protections

Enthusiasm for data sharing and research transparency is increasing across the social sciences, and the long-standing mandate to minimize risks for human subjects in research has begun to overlap with this newer scholarly imperative. IRBs are a critical player in this realm; often, an IRB’s recommendations on a social science research protocol will determine whether or not the data obtained through the study may be shared in the future. During this webinar, speakers will provide knowledge and strategies for IRBs to help their institution’s social scientists approach data sharing in an ethical and responsible manner. (Presented on May 1, 2019)


  • The intersection between the call for research transparency and the guidelines for human research protections in the context of social sciences and recent developments
  • The role of data repositories in protecting human subjects data while facilitating data availability
  • Real-world cases of social scientists who wished to share human subjects’ data, and how that was addressed (or not) in the IRB application and consent processes
  • Strategies for IRBs to assist and educate social scientists to include the appropriate elements, language, and procedures in their protocol materials, particularly in the following areas:
    • Broad consent—intent vs. practical reality
    • Assessment of sensitivity of data vs. risk of disclosure
    • Informed consent language
    • Planned data management security
    • Access controls on shared data

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Recognize new developments, trends, and ongoing changes in data sharing as it relates to SBER
  • Appreciate ongoing changes in expectations about data availability as they affect both scholarly communication and the review of research
  • Understand the role of data repositories and IRBs in protecting research subjects while facilitating data availability
  • Guide researchers in developing study documents (e.g., consent forms) that allow for responsible data sharing

Who should attend?

This webinar will benefit IRB professionals and members involved with SBER. Researchers may also benefit from attending the webinar.

Continuing Education

Webinar participants holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential may apply 1.25 continuing education credits towards CIP recertification. Learn More »

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Please note that this content is a part of multiple bundles. Click here to see the Big Data & Data Sharing Bundle. Click here to see the SBER Bundle.