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Project Goals

Project leadership has established a charter to guide the project team. The charter includes Objectives, Guiding Principles, Success Criteria, and other important information for how the project will be managed.

Explore the charter: UW IRB Efficiency Project Charter

The Objectives and Guiding Principles are included below.


  1. Alter the IRB intake and pre-review processes to reduce time-to-review and time-to-approval;
  2. Re-align the IRB staff roles and responsibilities
  3. Removing duplicative information in ARROW application and IRB protocols
  4. Coordinate with the UW research community to define research initiation processes outside of the IRB functions;
  5. Implement changes to the UW IRB committees to maximize flexibility and improve turnaround times
  6. Unify the IRB offices under one administrative structure to align HRPP-related business processes and accountability

Guiding Principles

The principles underlying the project work and informing decision-making throughout the life of the project include:

  • Efficiency: Streamlined administrative processes and services that minimize response time and unnecessary administrative requirements
  • Organizational Effectiveness: Accountability assigned to the most appropriate owners and responsible parties to strike an appropriate balance between investigator, study team, and IRB responsibilities
  • Compliance: Policies, procedures, and systems developed or modified as part of this project will be efficient and effective, will also maintaining compliance with federal and state regulations related to human subjects research.
  • High Service Levels: The UW Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) will operate with a service orientation that emphasizes listening, understanding, and responding to the needs of the UW research community.
  • Data Access: Clear and transparent performance metrics and measurable outcomes for research administration and management processes.