Research Compliance & Assistance Program (RCAP)

Find the assistance and compliance help you need to conduct research at Essentia Health from the Research Compliance and Assistance Program (RCAP). We provide quality assurance, compliance education, and assistance to improve human research protections throughout the research process.

RCAP Mission

To facilitate safe, ethical, and high-quality human subjects research.


Continuous improvement in the protection of human subjects in research and promotion of high-quality documentation and conduct of research.

The mission and aim are achieved through:

  • Quality assurance – Help researchers, and Essentia as a whole, achieve and maintain compliance with organizational policies and federal regulations governing research
  • Compliance education – Collaborate with the Essentia Institutional Review Board (IRB) to provide proactive education for the research community
  • Assistance – Support investigators throughout the research process

Goals of the RCAP

RCAP’s goals are to verify and promote:

  • The rights, welfare, and safety of human subjects participating in research at Essentia Health
  • Compliance with federal, state, and institutional requirements governing human subjects research
  • Integrity of research and human research protection activities at Essentia Health
  • Education, training, and research submission assistance for research stakeholders, investigators, research staff, research review board members, and students involved in human subjects research
  • Evaluation and follow-up of quality assurance, quality improvement initiatives, corrective actions, and the implementation of new quality improvement activities

RCAP Assistance

Take advantage of RCAP’s wide range of support services and education to make sure you’re complying with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as institutional policies.

Routine & Quality Assurance On-Site Reviews

If you’re a principal investigator or study staff member, request an RCAP on-site study review to ensure your study documentation complies with the regulatory requirements for protocol adherence, record keeping, and informed consent. You’ll receive corrective actions and quality improvement recommendations if necessary.

Study Consultation

Through every phase of your study, the RCAP compliance specialist can meet with your research team to help identify and address regulatory concerns that may cause delays or impede the progress of your research.

Contact Us

To request RCAP information or services, contact Kimberly Wold, compliance specialist, RCAP. Call 701-364-7843. Send an Email

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