From June 2015 through December 2016, the University of Minnesota implemented a work plan to strengthen its human research protections and establish a program that would serve as a national model. An external review of the University’s Human Research Protection Program identified a set of 63 recommendations that would serve as a roadmap to achieve this goal.

The work plan, developed by an implementation team made up of faculty, university leaders, and external experts, outlined the steps, timelines, and resources needed to address these recommendations. It also included several recommendations to enhance the culture of research and ensure the protection of human research participants, including the creation of clear language about the University's commitment to research ethics and directives for the education and training requirements for investigators and staff.

Faculty and staff from across the University served as team leads to establish specific action plans to address each recommendation. Overall work plan implementation was overseen by the Research Compliance Advisory Committee.

The University has now implemented all 63 recommendations from the external review though it remains committed to ongoing enhancement, improvement, and evaluation of its human research programs and policies.

See Implementation Final Report


This broad-based initiative involved many partners across the University:

See hierarchy of accountability.

Work Plan

Final work plan
Focus Area Leads

Work Plan Focus Areas Outcomes Leads
Accountability Metrics Final Report Sarah Waldemar
Community Oversight Board See webpage Paul Mattessich
Conflict of Interest Final Report Will Durfee
Cultivating a Culture of Ethics Ann Aronson
Susan Wolf
Lynn Zentner
Department of Psychiatry Mark S. Paller
Education and Training of Investigators Final Report with Appendix David Ingbar
Timothy Schacker
Engaging Research Participants Milton “Mickey” Eder
Establish Research Compliance Office Final Report Pamela Webb
External Advisor Brian Herman
Fairview/University Research Oversight Committee (FUROC) Meeting Summaries: Brooks Jackson
Beth Thomas
For Cause Investigations Sarah Waldemar
Human Research Participants Who Have Impaired or Fluctuating Capacity to Consent Debra Dykhuis
Steven Miles
IRB Membership Final Report Joanne Billings
Michelle H. Biros
IRB Protocol Review Process Debra Dykhuis
Monitoring of Studies Debra Dykhuis
Scientific Review of Studies Final Report Joanne Billings
Michelle H. Biros