COVID-19 Protocol

Overview


  1. Conduct an initial assessment by reviewing the IPA Dashboard, the CDC Dashboard, and the WHO Dashboard to learn about risk levels and country government restrictions. Field research activities would be permitted only if a compelling case could be made that they would not contravene local restrictions and that they would not introduce risks beyond those that prevail for activities that are commonly undertaken in the population in question. 
  2. If a case can be made for in-person research after the initial assessment, then fill out the Research Request Form | COVID-19
  3. Fill out the In-Person Data Collection Project Launch Checklist
  4. Submit the application and checklist to EGAP at admin@egap.org (Note that both the application and checklist may be useful for home institution permissions and IRB applications.)
  5. EGAP will review materials. Possible outcomes include:
    • Conditional approval, with the requirement of steps 6-9 below
    • Application is rejected, resubmission is required to move forward with research
  6. Seek home institution approval, as per the requirements of all principal investigators’ home institutions, where applicable 
  7. Seek IRB approval for initiation or resumption of field research from all principal investigators’ home institutions, where applicable 
  8. Submit home institution and IRB approvals to EGAP
  9. Provide bi-weekly (every other week) email updates about research activities that includes any changes to COVID-related issues in the study country and globally; confirms that the Project Launch Checklist is being respected; and explains any other issues that have arisen  
  1. Fill out sections 1 and 5 of the Research Request Form | COVID-19
  2. Submit the application to EGAP at admin@egap.org (Note that the application may be useful for home institution permissions and IRB applications.)
  3. EGAP Review Committee will review materials. Possible outcomes include:
    • Conditional approval, with the requirement of steps 4-6 below
    • Application is rejected
  4. Seek home institution approval, as per the requirements of all principal investigators’ home institutions, where applicable
  5. Seek IRB approval for initiation or resumption of field research from all principal investigators’ home institutions, where applicable
  6. Submit home institution and IRB approvals to EGAP