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
Scientific concepts and research design
Ethical and participant safety considerations
Medicines development and regulation
Clinical trial operations
Study and site management
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
Anderson EE. CIRTification: Community Involvement in Research Training. Facilitator Manual.
Center for Clinical and Translational Science. University of Illinois at Chicago. 2011. Available at:
Intended Audience
Principal Investigators
Clinical Research Professionals
Health Care Professionals
Community Partners
General Public
Time Required
3+ hours
Delivery Method
On demand