Protocol Writing and Examples
[updated 22 February 2017]
The task of writing a protocol might seem difficult to some, but please do not feel discouraged (see PI Encouragement). Here are some samples of written and IRB-approved protocols representing various risks and data privacy. Use them as examples and look for updates to the current protocol version.
A general, all purpose, protocol:
General Sample Protocol 2015 (DOC.)- Investigators may use this sample protocol as a general guide to answer the questions on the protocol form. Note that every protocol is different and the format in which this protocol was written may not apply to every study but it could still be helpful.
College of Science:
College of Education and Integrated Studies (CEIS):
Education (CEIS) protocol (DOC) with older minors, teachers, and anonymous survey. This link provides constructive comments about the consent, assent, and recruitment (PDF) letter in the protocol.
Other sample protocol #1(m) (PDF).
Other sample protocol #2(a) (PDF).
College of Business Administration:
Questions about research data?
Review this publication on "Access to and Retention of Research Data: Rights and Responsibilities" Council on Governmental Relations, 2006.
Using copyrighted materials
The CSU Office of General Counsel has a manual on the Fundamentals of Copyright and Fair Use. See: http://www.calstate.edu/gc/Docs/Fair_Use.doc