Sample Consent/Assent and Debriefing Forms

Sample Consent/Assent and Debriefing Forms

If the project requires the use of written informed consent or a child's assent, the IRB suggests that researchers adapt, as appropriate, the following sample forms and letters. Please write in lay language suited to the age and educational level of the participants, use a font size large enough to enable the participants to read the form easily, and avoid the use of jargon and technical terms.

NOTE: Items marked with an asterisk must be included regardless of format used (with the exception of the assent form for young children). Items without an asterisk should be included only if they are applicable to the proposed study.

Quotation marks are only markers for text and should be omitted on the consent form.

Importantly, you should adapt the form so that it conforms to your specific research project. You should also proofread the entire form for syntax and style, and you should use a consistent point-of-view throughout the document.

Debriefing Forms

Normally, if the research project involves deception (i.e., the researcher desires to withhold from the subject some information about the project that, if known by the subject, would bias the results of the study), the researcher would plan a debriefing session at the conclusion of the subject's participation in order to provide the subject with the missing information, and give the subject the option of including his/her data in the study or having it destroyed.  Both oral and written debriefing form templates to use as a guide are provided below.