Participant-Facing Documents: Recruitment, Informed Consent, & Research Instrument Materials (partner)
DueDec 4, 2018 by
Submittinga website url or a file upload
This assignment is designed to
help you prepare for the practical specifics of the research you'll do next quarter, so you can hit the ground running and begin collecting data immediately
engage your critical thinking in applying the principles of research design and conduct covered during Weeks 9-10 to the specific demands of your research methods and site
demonstrate your rhetorical abilities to adapt the research goals and methods described in your proposal from an expert audience of reviewers to a non-specialist audience of participants
It has 3 parts: 1) recruitment materials, 2) informed consent materials, and 3) research instruments.
1. Recruitment Materials:
Create the materials you'll use to establish first contact with potential research participants
Keep in mind your audience of potential participants, and craft a recruitment message that will catch their attention and resonate with them
Depending on your methods and site, this might take the form of: a mass email message, a face-to-face pitch, a personalized letter to a group leader, etc
If you're using multiple methods, contacting multiple groups, or planning a 2-stage recruitment process, include multiple versions of recruitment materials
See models introduced during Week 10
2. Informed Consent Materials:
For use after participants have been recruited, create consent forms including:
summary of project purpose accessible to non-experts
clear & detailed description of participation procedures
accurately description of potential risks of participating
information about participants' rights & resources
mechanism for getting participants' explicit consent
See information & models introduced during Week 10
Based on your methods reading from Week 10, create the research instrument(s) you'll use to gather data for your CTW2 research project, as described in your project proposal. You may also want to consult the methods sections of our course readings, especially if your project responds directly to one of these pieces of existing research.
Depending on your research questions and site, research instruments might include surveys, interview scripts, time diary protocols, social network inventories, or numerous other forms.
You may also--depending on your project--need more than one instrument, for example if you're comparing/contrasting two groups of people, or using a survey to gather a small amount of information from a large group and following up with a handful of interviews/time diaries/etc to get more detail.
To explain the work that went into your research instrument(s), write a researchers' note that explains how your group selected methods readings, what you learned from them, and how you adapted these research principles and techniques to your research question(s) and site.
Can't change a rubric once you've started using it.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeINFORMED CONSENT: Accurately describes potential risks of participation, provides information about participants' rights & resources, and obtains participants' explicit consent13352_9274
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeRESEARCH INSTRUMENTS: Includes Researchers' Note explaining 1) the research principles and techniques you derived from methods readings, 2) how you adapted them to your research question(s) and site, and 3) citations for methods sources (using the citation style of your choice)13352_6551
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAudience-appropriateness: Recruitment, informed consent, and research instrument materials are user-ready for intended study participants (accessible, clear, unambiguous, logically organized, etc)13352_351