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Key Performance Metrics

The Human Subjects Division (HSD) posts "Key Performance Metrics" on a semi-annual basis; making publicly available reliable "turn-around time" and additional metrics of the IRB review process. The posting of Key Performance Metrics began in 2008 with some basic metrics, to which the Division continues to add over time.

Reliable and detailed metrics are a fundamental tool that serve at least two purposes:

  • they help HSD to accomplish strategic goals and specific objectives.
  • they inform and assist campus to understand and better plan for the IRB process.

The last six metrics reports are posted. If you would like to see older reports contact hsdinfo@uw.edu

Related Questions And Answers

  • How long does the IRB review process take?

    Multiple factors affect the time required for IRB review. They include:

    • type of application
    • level of review (e.g., exempt, minimal risk, full committee)
    • complexity of the study
    • involvement of other compliance offices or institutions
    • quality and completeness of the application when first submitted

    We encourage researchers to plan for sufficient time for review based on the research and their particular situation. Here are some general recommendations based on HSD's current workload:

    • Allocate adequate preparation time before submission, in most cases a minimum of two weeks to one month.
    • For full IRB review, plan for at least 12 to 16 weeks for the review and approval process.
    • For Minimal Risk review, plan for at least 6 to 8 weeks.
    • For Exempt review, plan for at least 2 to 3 weeks.