Who Should Use CIRTification?


Academic Investigators

CIRTification has been developed to assist in the delivery of training in human research protections to community research partners. This curriculum uses a train-the-trainer approach.

It is expected that community research partners will have limited research training and experience. Therefore, existing programs offered or required by your institution may not be quite right for them. (Seasoned community research partners have likely already completed some training, although some of the CIRTification activities could be used for continuing education activities.)

Although the primary intended audience is community research partners, we strongly recommend that CIRTification be attended by community-academic research teams, including investigators and academic research staff. Training research teams together demonstrates the university partners' commitment to human research protections. Team training can also encourage constructive dialogue and ensure that community partners are comfortable asking questions about the research process.

IRB/Human Research Protection Program Administrators

CIRTification is tailored to the unique needs of community research partners. It is interactive, relevant to the research roles of community partners, and focused on skills-building. The curriculum considers community partners' limited experience with research, addresses research ethics and responsible conduct of research issues in plain language, and uses real-world examples.

Ideally, CIRTification will not only teach community research partners about the importance of protecting research participants, it will also empower them to be active contributors to their respective research teams.

Following the recommended 3-hour lesson plan format ensures fidelity to the curriculum learning objectives. The content is comparable to that covered in standard training programs. View a comparison between content covered in CIRTification and the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program.

Training Facilitators

We have developed this manual for variety of facilitators. These may include:

  • Research ethics or responsible conduct of research (RCR) educators, who may not have expertise in community-engaged research
  • Principal investigators of community-engaged research projects, who may not have experience teaching RCR or research ethics
  • Experienced community research partners
  • Trainers with a variety of backgrounds

The background reading materials provided in the curriculum should be sufficient for supporting the implementation of all activities and lectures. Resources that can provide more in-depth information are referenced throughout the manual.

Community Partners

Your partnering academic institution will most likely require that you complete "human subjects protection training" prior to engaging in any research activities if you are going to work on a research project and will be:

  • Recruiting participants,
  • Obtaining informed consent, OR
  • Collecting data