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Evaluation of the Adrift citizen science project
Information sheet for parents

Please read this information sheet carefully before deciding whether or not your child should participate.  If you decide to allow them participate we thank you.  If you decide not to allow them to part there will be no disadvantage to you or your child and we thank you for considering our request.

About this research
This project examines the Adrift citizen science project. The research aims to explore the motivations for and benefits of participation in citizen science, and the role that social media can play in recruiting and retaining participants.  Data collected through this research will also provide feedback for the Adrift project developers.

We are looking for participants willing to complete an online survey. The survey asks questions about participant perceptions of the Adrift citizen science project. For some people who agree to participate further, a short follow-up phone or email survey will also be conducted.

Your child may withdraw from participation in this research project at any time and without any disadvantage.

About the information collected
We will ask your child to fill out a short survey about their experiences with the Adrift project. This will take about 5 minutes of their time. While they are not required to answer any of the survey questions, the raw data that will be requested will include personal information such as gender, age, region of residence and education level. Your child’s name and contact details will be requested only if they agree to participate in a follow up interview, with your permission. These details will not be linked to your child’s survey answers, and will be deleted upon completion of the project. The only people who will have access to this project’s raw data are the research team. Anonymous results will be summarised and provided to others.

The data collected will be securely stored in such a way that only the researchers will be able to gain access to it. Data obtained as a result of the research will be retained for at least 5 years in secure storage. Any personal information held on the participants may be destroyed at the completion of the research even though the data derived from the research will, in most cases, be kept for much longer or possibly indefinitely.

The results of the project may be published and will be available in the University of Otago Library (Dunedin, New Zealand). Individual participant anonymity will be preserved.

I know that:
1.     My child’s participation is entirely voluntary;
2.     My child is free to withdraw at any time without any disadvantage;
3.     My child and I are free to request further information at any stage;
4.     Any personal identifying information (e.g. audio recordings, in the case I agree to participate in the follow-up survey) will be destroyed at the conclusion of the project, but raw data on which the results of the project depend on will be retained in secure storage for at least five years;
5. The results of the project may be published and will be available in the University of Otago Library (Dunedin, New Zealand) but my anonymity will be preserved.

If you have any questions about our project, either now or in the future, please feel free to contact:

Professor Nancy Longnecker
Centre for Science Communication
03 479 7885
nancy.longnecker [at] otago.ac.nz


This study has been approved by the Centre for Science Communication. However, if you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee through the Human Ethics Committee Administrator (ph 03 479-8256), quoting the reference number (18/179). Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.