You are invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide, you need to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. Please take the time to read the following information carefully. Talk to others about the study if you wish. Please ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.
Who is organising and funding the study?
This project is organised by Dr Seb Rumsby, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (http://esrc.ukri.org/)
What is the study about?
The purpose of this study is to promote best practice among grassroots development practitioners
What would taking part involve?
Taking part would involve completing the following online survey, which takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete in total.
Do I have to take part?
No. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and choosing not to take part will not affect you in any way. You can complete as many sections as you like, and you can also choose to withdraw your participation at any time, without giving a reason (see below).
What are the possible benefits of taking part in this study?
The benefit of you completing this survey are that you will receive instant, tailored feedback on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your development work. This will be based on the answers you give and will signpost you to relevant resources and professional networks for your development initiative to become more effective.
Expenses and payments
You will not receive any form of payment for the time it takes you to complete the survey.
Will my taking part be kept confidential?
Yes. Data will be securely stored online, backed up on a password-protected device and de-identified – your data will be given a study number to protect your personal information, and the code linking this will be stored separately to the research data. Data will be stored for up to 5 years and used for research purposes to understand the characteristics, attitudes and needs of development practitioners like yourself, as well as to improve the online toolkit. Only the project investigator will have access to the data.
What will happen to the data collected about me?
As a publicly-funded organisation, the University of Warwick have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, such as this, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study.
We will be using information from you in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. We are committed to protecting the rights of individuals in line with data protection legislation. The University of Warwick will keep information about you until September 2025.
Research data will be pseudonymised as quickly as possible after data collection. This means all direct and indirect identifiers will be removed from the research data and will be replaced with a participant number. The key to identification will be stored separately and securely to the research data to safeguard your identity.
Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. The University of Warwick has in place policies and procedures to keep your data safe. This data may also be used for future research, including impact activities following review and approval by an independent Research Ethics Committee and subject to your consent at the outset of this research project. For further information, please refer to the University of Warwick Research Privacy Notice which is available here: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/idc/dataprotection/privacynotices/researchprivacynotice or by contacting the Information and Data Compliance Team at GDPR@warwick.ac.uk.
What will happen if I don’t want to carry on being part of the study?
If you want to withdraw your data from the study at any point after completing the survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this, To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible and keep the data secure in line with the University’s Information and Data Compliance policies.
What will happen to the results of the study?
The data you provide will, first and foremost, be used to assess the effectiveness of the DIY Development toolkit and improve it for other users. In addition, it might be used for
Who has reviewed the study?
This study has been reviewed and given favourable opinion by the University of Warwick’s Humanities and Social Science Research Ethics Committee (HSSREC)
Who should I contact if I want further information?
Please contact project investigator Dr Seb Rumsby on S.Rumsby@warwick.ac.uk for more info.
Who should I contact if I wish to make a complaint?
Any complaint about the way you have been dealt with during the study or any possible harm you might have suffered will be addressed. Please address your complaint to the person below, who is a senior University of Warwick official entirely independent of this study:
Head of Research Governance
Research & Impact Services
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 76 522746
If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter: If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Thank you for taking the time to read the Participant Information!