Political Ecology of Craft

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Katie Kish, under the supervision of Professor Stephen Quilley, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability of the University of Waterloo, Canada. The objectives of the research study are to examine the role of ‘making’ and crafting on feelings of accomplishment and self-esteem.

If you decide to volunteer, you will be asked to complete a 15-minute online survey that is completed anonymously. Survey questions focus on habits of craft, personal political questions, and community orientation questions. Participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer and you can withdraw your participation at any time by not submitting your responses. There are no known or anticipated risks from participating in this study.

It is important for you to know that any information that you provide will be confidential. All of the data will be summarized and no individual could be identified from these summarized results. Furthermore, the web site is programmed to collect responses alone and will not collect any information that could potentially identify you (such as machine identifiers).

When information is transmitted over the internet confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. University of Waterloo practices are to turn off functions that collect machine identifiers such as IP addresses. The host of the system collecting the data such as Skype™ may collect this information without our knowledge and make this accessible to us. However, the survey questions are being collected on a private and secure server. We will not use or save this information without your consent. If you prefer not to submit your survey responses through this host, please [contact one of the researchers so you can participate using an alternative method such as through an e-mail or paper-based questionnaire. The alternate method may decrease anonymity but confidentiality will be maintained.

The data, with no personal identifiers, collected from this study will be maintained on a password-protected computer database in a restricted access area of the university. As well, the data will be electronically archived after completion of the study and maintained for two years and then erased.
Should you have any questions about the study, please contact either Katie Kish at kaitlin.kish@uwaterloo.ca, 647-267-5780 or Stephen Quilley at squilley@uwaterloo.ca. Further, if you would like to receive a copy of the results of this study, please contact either investigator.

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee. However, the final decision about participation is yours. If you have any comments or concerns resulting from your participation in this study, please feel free to contact Dr. Maureen Nummelin in the Office of Research Ethics at 1-519-888-4567, Ext. 36005 or maureen.nummelin@uwaterloo.ca.

Thank you for considering participation in this study.
Consent to Participant

With full knowledge of all foregoing, I agree, of my own free will, to participate in this study.

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