Oral history activities
IN GENERAL do not constitute research
as defined in Federal guidelines (45 CFR 46).
If the oral history
activities are designed to create a record of specific historical
events or of the experiences of individuals, without an intent
to draw conclusions or generalize findings, then they do not
constitute research and do not need COUHES approval.
However, if the
oral history activity is designed to develop or contribute
to generalizable knowledge, for example to draw conclusions,
inform policy or generalize findings, then they do constitute
research. They also constitute research if the intent is to
create a repository of information or archive for other investigators
to conduct research. In all these cases the oral history activities
are subject to COUHES approval.