University of Wisconsin–Madison

Community Partners


If staff or other personnel from a community site are engaged in research activities they must complete human subjects training and be listed on the protocol application.  The IRB defines engagement based on involvement in any research activities, including recruitment, consenting, data collection, data analysis, etc.

Site Permission

For research activities taking place at community sites, the IRB will require site permission letters from each site, allowing research to take place there.  The IRB looks for the following to be included in site permission letters:

  • Protocol title and/or number
  • Names of the research team members
  • Scope of the research, and the activities to be conducted at the site
  • Name of site
  • Person providing permission (including title, contact information, and confirmation of appropriate authority to provide permission)