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Institutional Review Board: policies and procedures

Most program evaluation and research projects do not need any kind of formal review to ensure that all human subjects protections are in place. However, when the information gathering involves contact with recipients, or when personal data is requested by external researchers, the study will often require a review by the DHS Institutional Review Board.

Frequently asked questions about the IRB approval process

Application materials

Application materials which are required for only some projects (see application form for guidance):

Additional resources

Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP)

If you would like to do research at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP), proposals must first be submitted to the MSOP Research Committee before applying for DHS IRB review. For more information, please contact Dr. Kim Storm, Director of Research and Evaluation at

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