CSCI -- Measuring the Climate for Learning

INFORMED CONSENT, Empowering Youth, Engaging Schools (EYES)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Christian Villenas, National School Climate Center, 212-707-8799 x31
Co-Principal Investigator: Susan Zelinski, National School Climate Center, 212-707-8799 x31

INTRODUCTION

You are being invited to participate in this evaluation study of the EYES Initiative. You may qualify to take part in this research study because you are a member of the school community. Approximately 14,000 students, staff, and parents will participate in this study and it will take no more than 35 minutes of your time to complete. Funding for this study has been provided by the Harvey Miller Family Foundation.

WHY IS THIS STUDY BEING DONE?

This study is being done to learn more about how students perceive their learning environments as well as their experiences with bullying and harassment.

WHAT WILL I BE ASKED TO DO IF I AGREE TO TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY?

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to take an online survey that asks you to report on your perceptions of the overall school environment. In addition, those who are taking the student version of the survey will also be asked to recollect whether they have had any personal experiences with bullying and harassment at school. We estimate that the survey will take no more than 35 minutes to complete.

WHAT POSSIBLE RISKS OR DISCOMFORTS CAN I EXPECT FROM TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY?

This is a minimal risk study, which means the harms or discomforts that you may experience are not greater than you would ordinarily encounter in daily life while at school. However, there are some risks to consider. You might feel embarrassed to discuss your experiences and feelings about you're the school. You do not have to answer any questions or divulge anything you don't want to talk about. You can stop participating in the study at any time without penalty. You may skip questions at any time.

WHAT POSSIBLE BENEFITS CAN I EXPECT FROM TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY?

There is no direct benefit to you for participating in this study. Participation may benefit the field of education to better understand the overall needs of schools and students, especially those who have experienced bullying or harassment at school.

WILL I BE PAID FOR BEING IN THIS STUDY?

You will not be paid to participate. There are no costs to you for taking part in this study.

WHEN IS THE STUDY OVER? CAN I LEAVE THE STUDY BEFORE IT ENDS?

The study is over when you have completed the survey. However, you can leave the study at any time even if you haven't finished, and you may skip any questions for any reason. There is no penalty for you for not participating.

PROTECTION OF YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY

We have asked you to login to the survey using a link. You might feel concerned that things you say might get back to your school or others. The lead investigator is taking precautions to keep your information confidential and prevent anyone from discovering or guessing your identity: we will assign a numerical identifier to your data that is not linked to your email address or computer. No other identifying information (e.g., name, address) will be collected. The investigator will keep all information on a computer that is password protected There will be no record matching your name with your responses. Regulations require that research data be kept for at least three years.

HOW WILL THE RESULTS BE USED?

The results of this study will be published in a report and presented to the Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation. Results may be published in academic journals and/or presented at academic conferences. Your name or any identifying information about you will not be published. Results will only ever be reported for groups of people, never individuals.

WHO CAN ANSWER MY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS STUDY?

If you have any questions about taking part in this research study, you should contact the principal investigators, NSCC Research Department at research@schoolclimate.org.

If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject, you should contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) (the human research ethics committee) at Solutions IRB, 1-855-226-4472.

PARTICIPANT'S RIGHTS

I have read and discussed the informed consent with the researcher. I have had ample opportunity to ask questions about the purposes, procedures, risks and benefits regarding this research study. I understand that my participation is voluntary. I may refuse to participate or withdraw participation at any time without penalty. The researcher may withdraw me from the research at his or her professional discretion if I become unduly distressed. If, during the course of the study, significant new information that has been developed becomes available which may relate to my willingness to continue my participation, the investigator will provide this information to me. Any information derived from the research study that personally identifies me will not be voluntarily released or disclosed without my separate consent, except as specifically required by law. I should receive a copy of the Informed Consent document.


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