Information Collection

The National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for reviewing all social science surveys of the public conducted, funded, or sponsored to provide information needed for planning and management.

Below are the current routes to OMB approval:

Important Notes:

  • In addition to OMB approval, all PIs conducting surveys within units of the National Park System must apply for a Research Permit.
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval does not supersede the requirements of the PRA.
  • Please contact the Information Collection Review Coordinator before submitting your request.
  • Please DO NOT submit any materials in PDF format. All documents should be submitted as Word documents.
Crowds at Yellowstone National Park NPS Photo/Neal Herbert

NPS Programmatic Clearance Process

Limited to applied research that will be used to answer specific questions that have direct application to NPS visitor use or management.

visitors at National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington D.C.

Regular Clearance Process

Allows for information collection requests not within the scope of the current Generic Clearance Processes (Programmatic, Fast-Track, etc).

visitors at Yellowstone National Park NPS Photo/Neal Herbert

Fast-Track Qualitative Feedback

Limited to information that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not statistical surveys.

Joshua Tree National Park NPS Photo/Kurt Moses

Customer Satisfaction Surveys

Typically customer satisfaction surveys, such as short questionnaires and comment cards.

Volunteer answering questions at the Visitor Center in Everglades National Park
Frequently Asked Questions
Still have some questions after reading through the different information review collections? Read more here on our FAQ page.

Last updated: January 12, 2017

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