Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement (QA/QI) studies/projects assess how an organization, group, faculty, department, or program is doing and is an activity usually undertaken by members of Kenyon College for administrative or operational reasons.
When used exclusively for assessment, management, or improvement purposes the following data collection activities may not be considered research and/or may not require continued ethics review, provided there is no element of research:
The last two activities are generally administered in the ordinary course of the operation of the organization where participation is required by employees or students, for example, performance appraisals and student course evaluations. The results or findings from these activities are not generally available for public release outside the institution.
In contrast, research consists of a systematic investigation that is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge, the results of which are to be shared with both individuals associated with and individuals not associated with the investigation.
Although some of the activities above may be exempt from continued research ethics review, it is expected that the project
If you are uncertain if your project qualifies as a QA/QI project please contact the IRB Administrator.
Before you conduct an online QA/QI survey, or any other type of survey, of Kenyon College students, alumni, or employees, you must contact Erika Farfan, Director of Institutional Research, as well as the IRB.
All campus-wide surveys must be approved by the Kenyon Institutional Research office and the IRB.
Administrators who think that their project may fall into the Exempt Review Category may use the IRB Administrator's Request for Guidance form available on the IRB Forms page