Participant (User) Registration
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Information and Consent
I have read and understand the information below and understand that:
- My participation is voluntary
- I can withdraw up until I click submit
- I can choose not to answer any questions if I do not want to
In order to better serve the needs of youth, we are asking for your input to evaluate the program, event or activity you are attending. Your input will help us better understand your experience of the program, event or activity, its impacts, and how to improve it in the future. Also, your input will be added to the input of young people from other programs and organizations to help us better understand young people’s engagement more broadly.
WHO ARE WE?
We are researchers and staff from the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement. Our Centre is a group of people and organizations interested in finding out about young people's activities, like yours. We are working with a lot of organizations like the one you are involved with, to help people learn more about how to make good youth programs even better.
If you decide to help us in our Sharing the Stories Evaluation Program, you will fill out a selection of short online surveys. There are questions about the activities you do in your organization, your experiences in those activities, some general information about you (your age, for example) and what you thought, felt and did about your experiences. We have explained the study to your organization and the research ethics committees of the researchers we work with, and they thought it was okay for us to ask you to help in the research.
WHY SHOULD I FILL OUT THE EVALUATIONS?
This is a fairly new program that we are still trying out. It is important for us to learn what you think about the evaluations. For example, are they easy to understand? Are we asking the right type of questions? We will use your comments to improve the surveys and tools so they will work better in the future. You also will be helping help the Centre and other people who work with youth to learn more about youth engagement, such as what makes activities good and how activities can be improved, as you see it. We will use this information to help adults and youth work together.
DO I HAVE TO FILL OUT THE EVALUATIONS?
No, you do not have to do the evaluations or answer any questions that you do not want to answer. Nothing bad will happen to you if you choose not to be in our study. Your organization and activity leader will not know whether you fill out any of the evaluations and your decision will not affect the services you receive, your involvement with the activity or the leaders, or current/future employment at your organization.
WILL ANYONE BE ABLE TO TELL WHAT I ANSWER?
All personal information (for example your name and email) will be kept strictly confidential. Your name will not be stored with the survey - just a code number. If you fill out the survey again, we will be able to see how your answers may have changed over time. Only the web server manager will be able to match your name with your answers to our questions. No one from your group will know how you answer and we will not use your name in any reports from this research. We will take all of the answers and report the results for everyone as a group.
However, there is one situation in which we cannot keep information confidential. Sometimes, a young person tells us something that makes us believe that he or she is in danger, or that someone else is about to be hurt. If you tell us something like that, the law requires us to tell someone who can help.
We will keep the computer files of the data at the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement. The computer files will be kept indefinitely until all of our analyses are finished. Researchers at the Centre (including their assistants and students) will be able to use this computer data. We will also share the data with your organization without any identifying information so that they will not be able to tell who answered what.
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE RESULTS?
The results will be presented in reports, which may be found in scientific journals, put onto websites, shared in workshops, and presented at conferences. You can find our results on our website (www.engagementcentre.ca), starting in about six months. If you are doing this as part of a group activity, we will send your group leader a summary of the results. We will ask your leader to share the results with you so that you can learn what all the young people, as a group, said about their activities.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS IN FILLING OUT THE SURVEY?
Most young people who have filled out our surveys have said that they thought it was a good experience. But sometimes, young people have said it made them realize that they weren't as involved in activities as they wanted to be and that made them feel a little sad. That could happen to you. If it does, let us know or talk to your group leader. We know lots of ways to help youth get more involved.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions about this study, please contact Nishad Khanna or Stoney McCart (see below).
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Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement
Director, Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement:
The Students Commission
23 Isabella St.
Toronto, ON M4Y 1M7