Standards for child and youth development programs

2020 Edition

Child and Youth Development Program Administration (CYD-AM) 6: Research Protections

A program that participates in or permits research involving children and youth or their families:
  1. ensures that all research is conducted in accordance with applicable legal requirements;
  2. has a mechanism to review and approve or deny research proposals;
  3. establishes that children and youth and their parents or legal guardians have the right to refuse to participate without penalty;
  4. informs children and youth and their parents or legal guardians about the nature and purpose of the research, and any possible risks or discomfort, as applicable;
  5. obtains consent forms signed by research participants and their parents or legal guardians; and
  6. guarantees protection of research participants’ identity and confidentiality.

Interpretation

Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs will typically only obtain consent from children’s parents or legal guardians. However, they may choose to involve children in the process, to the extent that children are capable of being involved. Programs are also responsible for complying with any state laws that address the involvement of children in providing authorization, if applicable.
NA The program does not participate in or permit research involving children and youth or their families.
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Purpose

Sound administration and management increase program quality and sustainability; promote financial accountability and viability; support transparency and openness; and reduce risk, loss, and liability exposure.
Note: See CYD-AM 4.02 and 8.01 for more information regarding compliance with applicable legal requirements.
1
The program’s practices reflect full implementation of the standard. 
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement.
3
Practice requires significant improvement.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Policy and procedures for human subject research (CYD-AM 6)
  • Sample consent form for research activities
  • Consent forms for research activities
  • Minutes from research proposal meetings
  • Interview:
    1. Program Administrator and/or Director
    2. Program Personnel
    3. Children, youth, and families