Who is involved in SCF Tribal Review?
The SCF Tribal Review involves the following groups:
- SCF Research Department
- SCF Research Oversight Committee
- SCF Executive Committee and/or SCF Board of Directors
Why does it exist?
Acknowledging the History
Historically, people unfamiliar with the Native Community and culture conducted research on Alaska Native people. Researchers came to our home communities, stayed long enough to gather information and left without sharing results with us. In some cases, Alaska Native people did not even know they were part of a research study.
Research today is different. The United States has different laws for research and informed consent requirements. Now, Tribal health organizations like Southcentral Foundation oversee research. Southcentral Foundation is even involved in prioritizing which topics to study. More Alaska Native people are doing the research. Because of research, we create new programs to meet the needs of the Native Community.
What is involved in SCF’s Tribal Review Process?
SCF Tribal Review approval is a multi-step process that starts at the conception of the research project and continues through dissemination of project finding. Each step in the review process can take 2-4 months. These steps are listed in the SCF Research Review Tracker. Keep in mind these steps are sequential, rather than concurrent. In other words, approval at Step 1: Concept Proposal is required prior to initiating Step 2: Alaska Area IRB. At each step, you will receive and update via letter or email, notifying you of the project’s approval status and indicating the next step.
Each group in SCF Tribal Review ensures research meets the following criteria:
• Project is research, as defined in the Definition of Research Questions.
• Research is aligned with SCF Vision, Mission, Key Points, Corporate Goals and Corporate Initiatives.
• Research provides respectful depiction and involvement of the Native Community.
• Research topics are handled appropriately. For example, sensitive topics like alcohol use require extra care.
• Quality of research design is according to SCF standards.
How do I know if my project is research?
Unsure if your project is research?
- Consider the Office for Human Research Protections guidance (http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp)
- Review the Definition of Research Questions.
- Submit Definition of Research Questions and the Concept Proposal Summary Form to SCFResearchReview@scf.cc
- Definition of Research
“A systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.” – Department of Health and Human Services
“Any experiment that involves a test article and one or more human subjects.” – Food and Drug Administration
How do I submit items for SCF Tribal Review?
To submit for SCF Tribal Review please email SCFResearchReview@scf.cc. Please contact SCF Research for submission due dates.
Step 1. Requestors must review the SCF Guidelines for Researchers
Step 3. AAIRB Approval – Once your concept proposal is approved by SCF you will need to obtain approval from the I.H.S. Alaska Area Institutional Review Board (AAIRB). Include a copy of your concept proposal approval letter from SCF when submitting your application.
For more information on the AAIRB submission process please contact the AAIRB office at:
Step 4. Privacy Consultation – If AAIRB requires you to complete a Privacy Consult, please contact SCF at 907-729-4200.
Step 6. SCF Research Agreement
· Once SCF Tribal Review has approved your completed SCF Proposal Summary, submit the signed SCF Research Agreement.
· Final approval is contingent upon the signed SCF Research Agreement by the researcher’s institution as well as the SCF President/CEO.
Step 7. Conduct Research – Once all previous steps have been successfully completed, you may begin your research.
Step 8. Provide Annual Study Update – Each year your project is open we ask that you please complete an annual update. Please submit the AAIRB Status Report and Renewal Application form to SCFResearchReview@scf.cc
Step 9. Obtain approval for dissemination of findings – At the end of your project before any results are shared, please submit for approval of Abstracts, Manuscripts, and Final Reports. Please submit the SCF Abstracts, Manuscript, Final Report Summary form to SCFResearchReview@scf.cc