Research studies involving human subjects require IRB review. Evaluative studies and activities do not. However, it is not always easy to distinguish between these two types of projects and many projects frequently have elements of both. Therefore, the decision about whether review is required should be made in concert with the IRB. 

If you think that your project is limited to evaluation activities and therefore not subject to IRB oversight, please submit the initial sections of the new application and protocol form. This form can be found on the "Preparing an Initial Submission Page." Additional information for when IRB review is required can be found on the "Does your study require IRB review?" webpage. Specifically, the Comparison of Research Versus Non-Research Table found on this page may be useful.