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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