Development Solutions has established an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review required organizational research and evaluations prior to their implementation. The main goals are to ensure that all parties’ safety, privacy, and confidentiality are protected, to facilitate high-quality and time-sensitive research, and to ensure that all proposals, protocols, and reports are legally compliant with national and international research ethics regulations. The IRB consists of five members; a mix of academics, researchers, and lawyers. There are three levels of IRB review – exempt from review, expedited review, and full review. The IRB currently only reviews the assignments of Development Solutions.
The Child Protection Policy (CPP) outlines Development Solutions’ commitment to protect children’s rights. The organization believes that children’s rights should be preserved, that they are safeguarded from abuse and prejudice, and that they are given the chance to reach their full potential. The policy establishes a framework for ensuring that children’s rights are respected and that they are not harmed in the course of our work. Assignments involving minors under the age of 18 are overseen by a child protection officer.