CIRTification Training Program for Human Research Protections

CIRTification was developed using a "train-the-trainer" model. Materials provided should be used by a facilitator to train small groups of community research partners. CIRTification materials include:

  • Facilitator Manual
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Participant Workbook

What Makes CIRTification Unique?

CIRTification was designed to substitute for (or supplement) the standard human research protection training required by many institutions and:

  • considers community partners' limited research experience
  • is interactive
  • addresses ethical issues in plain language
  • uses real-world examples
  • focuses on the application of new knowledge
  • incorporates best practices for adult learning
  • includes participatory activities such as brainstorming, case-based discussions, and role playing to provide learners with opportunities to see, hear, discuss, and apply
Learning Objectives: 

Part 1: Human Research Rules and Regulations
– Appreciate the history of research abuses
– Demonstrate familiarity with federal research regulations
– Understand the role of community partners in the research process
– Recognize the difference between research and service
– Define the three ethical principles that underlie research (the Belmont principles):
– respect for persons,
– beneficence, and
– justice
– Explain the purpose of an institutional review board

Part 2: Asking People to Participate in Research: The Informed Consent Process
– Explain how the requirements of information, understanding, and voluntariness
are fulfilled during the informed consent process
– List some examples of the kinds of information that should be provided to potential
research participants
– Recognize the kinds of statements that should and should not be made to potential
research subjects during recruitment
– Identify certain groups that may have special requirements for research participation

Part 3: Being Careful with Research Information
– Understand good practices for collecting and storing research data
– Know what to do if they observe a co-worker not following appropriate procedures
– Discuss how to maintain participants’ privacy and the confidentiality of their information
– Identify some of harms that may occur to participants if privacy and confidentiality
are not protected

Regulations & Compliance
Ethics & Safety
Community Engagement & Cultural Diversity
Target Learners: 
Principal Investigators
Clinical Research Professionals
Health Care Professionals
Community Partners
General Public
Anderson EE. CIRTification: Community Involvement in Research Training. Facilitator Manual. Center for Clinical and Translational Science. University of Illinois at Chicago. 2011. Available at:

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