Below you’ll find the types of issues to address when completing an IRB application to do observational research.
If the study will be taking place in a public location (e.g., street corner, public park, etc.)
If the study will be taking place in a private location (e.g., retail store, home, or private business)?
Are people being observed in places or circumstances in which they have a reasonable expectation of privacy?
How do you intend to record information so participants can not be identified directly or through identifiers? Address how you will protect their rights, welfare and privacy. Data coding and locked storage are common practices.