The topics covered and content of each session was determined through input from focus groups, interviews and surveys of members of the SDSU research community who involve new research staff (Community Health Workers as well as undergraduate and graduate students) in the conduct of research. The concepts that were identified as important to include in this training were drafted using a variety of research methods texts and feedback and editorial changes provided by research methods experts. Materials were pilot tested by potential end users to determine if the training resulted in increased knowledge of the basic research concepts presented. Findings from the pilot testing will be made available in January 2006.
This training module was developed through support from the Office of Research Integrity within the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (OS) and SDSU’s Graduate and Research Affairs.
As project director, I would like to thank the faculty and staff of San Diego State University (SDSU), SDSU Research Foundation and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) who provided valuable contributions and insight to the content as well as those who provided extensive feedback about the training during focus groups, expert review and during pilot testing.
Much appreciation to those who participated in the focus groups, surveys and interviews from SDSU including: Stuart Aitken, professor of geography, Marcie Bober, professor of educational technology, Audrey Hokoda, professor of child development, Susan Levy, professor of exercise and nutritional sciences, Robert Pozos, professor of biology and Susan Woodruff, research associate, public health.Very special thanks to Karen Coleman, SDSU professor of public health, Terry Conway, SDSU research professor of public health and Dena Plemmons, UCSD post doctoral fellow and SDSU lecturer of research ethics and responsible conduct in research, for their invaluable feedback and written contributions tso complete the final product. The web design and development is attributed to Padhmavathy Neelamegan, graduate student in the SDSU Computer Sciences degree program, who skillfully headed up our web programming.
To the core development team, thank you all as this was a very challenging project to tackle. My grandest “thank you” does little to acknowledge the contribution of Gayle Simon, SDSU Resource Specialist/Ethics Educator, who took the lead on coordinating every aspect of this project and created a methodical, orderly and manageable path of development which took us from beginning to end. My gratitude also goes to Michael Kalichman, Director of the UCSD Research Ethics Program, for his unrelenting commitment, focused contribution and good humor throughout all aspects of the development process. Lastly, special thanks to Wendy Bracken, SDSU regulatory analyst/ethics educator, who brought her interest in teaching and research and research ethics to help refine content and develop examples that could be managed and understood by our target audience.