IPSL's Advocacy Research™ Program
Advocacy Research Day 2017!
Advocacy Research Day 2016 was a great success! Join us for the next ASD.
Explore what it means to conduct ethical, Advocacy Research abroad. What is it? How is it done?
- Learn about the IPSL International IRB™ (Institutional Review Board) whose purpose is to facilitate ethical, culturally sensitive human subject research in international settings.
- Hear from past IPSL Advocacy Research students about their experiences conducting research abroad.
- Learn from CMSV faculty and IPSL staff about the process of supporting students to formulate, propose and conduct research abroad that is based in ethical principles.
- Participate in student workshops where we create impactful research questions.
- Raffles for gift cards, prizes and even an Advocacy Research program!
- Contact us for more details!!!
IPSL’s mission of service is rooted in advocacy for the NGOs and organizations in which IPSL students serve.
Through IPSL’s new Advocacy Research™ Program, students can explore what it means to engage in service that helps others, build research skills and provide useful data to organizations around the globe.
The IPSL Advocacy Research Program approach provides students an opportunity to learn about and engage in professional research to produce relevant, useful information for the benefit of non-profits, NGOs and community development organizations around the world. Unique to the IPSL program, students develop a keen insight into the human research subject ethical review process in an international context with immediate, practical application.
A student’s service organization abroad serves as the “field study location” and results in data that is at once beneficial to further the IPSL student’s education and career while at the same time being of use to the organization being served. Resource-scarce organizations often have little ability to examine their programs in a quantifiable way. With the assistance of the IPSL student, they are presented with data that can be used to impact their work and the people they serve. Multilateral reciprocity is at the heart of the IPSL Advocacy Research Program.
IPSL IRB (Institutional Review Board) Services
IPSL International IRB is composed of members with strong expertise in student research, teaching, research training, service-learning, journalistic investigation and advocacy and research review. IPSL IRB board members are from the United States, the United Kingdom, and India. One member is a current or previous student who is currently or has previously conducted research or experienced service-learning in an international setting.
Current Members of the IPSL International IRB are:
- Omar Nagi, Chair (College of Mt. St. Vincent, New York)
- Arianne Newton, IPSL (Portland, Oregon)
- Don Tuan Phuong, CSDS (Hanoi, Vietnam)
- Karen Cantor, Student Member (NY, NY)
- Nena Baker, Community Member (Portland, Oregon)
- Sunita Bose, Scientist (SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, New York)
- Liz Coombs, Community Member (St Mary’s University College, UK)
- Paul Newton, Consultant (Portland, Oregon)
Additional International Oversight and Training
A unique feature of the IPSL International IRB is that it enhances student research already approved by the student’s home institutional IRB by providing additional ethical insight about research conducted in international settings. The board, in combination with the onsite research assistance provided by the IPSL program director and academic professionals (who are most often natives of the country where the research will be conducted) provide necessary cultural insight as well as logistical support on the ground for the student researcher.
Dual IRB agreements or a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) allow the student to seek additional review to gain unique understanding of the country and the cultural norms where the student wishes to conduct their research. The IPSL IRB operates in conjunction with the student's home campus IRB or ethics board (should one exist). It is not meant to supplant the role of the home institution’s board, nor is it intended merely to present the student with another layer of procedural process. The Dual IRB structure is meant to enhance the student's understanding of the intricate nature of conducting international and intercultural research.
The IPSL board approaches the student project from the point of view of enabling rather than discouraging student research opportunities. The board reviews the research with an eye toward ensuring that the student's research is culturally sensitive, appropriate, ethical and legal for the international setting in question.
Student Research Resources
Students electing to participate in the IPSL Advocacy Research program are provided with a variety of resources including Human Subject Assurance Training (online training for the ethical review process) provided by U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services as well as documents such as the "Student Handbook: Making Sense of Human Subjects Research" and other pertinent resources.
Onsite Student Research Support
IPSL can provide (via our onsite program directors and staff) logistical support including access to needed populations and organizations, and interpreting services and cultural information to assist students who are actively engaged in conducting their research while abroad.
These professionals can work in partnership with the student’s home campus advisor should that be desired and they actively guide the IPSL International IRB in helping the student shape a research project in a way that is ethical and feasible given the time frame and the resources available.