Understanding the Use of Social Media in Child Welfare Direct Practice
Informed Consent Form
This study asks questions about your opinions about and use of social media. We would like feedback from people who meet any of the following criteria: (1) currently a practicing child welfare worker or supervisor at a public or private agency; (2) Currently a provider at a public or private agency which primarily serves clients because of their involvement in the child welfare system, or (3) currently an intern in a child welfare agency. The survey takes about fifteen minutes to complete.
We hope that the answers to these questions will help us better understand the role of social media in child welfare practice, what type of guidance child welfare workers and students currently receive about social media use, as well as training needs for employees and employers.
You will be asked several questions about social media. Social media includes sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Myspace, etc. We ask you to answer the questions about whichever service you use most often. Most of the questions we ask are multiple choice. All information is anonymous; that means that your answers will not be associated with your name. Your honest answers are appreciated. The survey should take about fifteen minutes.
Risks are minimal for involvement in this study. However, you may feel emotionally uneasy when asked to make judgments about your experiences. Although we do not expect any harm to come upon any participants, if you feel uncomfortable answering any questions you may end your involvement in the survey by closing out the window or skipping the question.
There are no direct benefits for participants. However, it is hoped that through your participation, researchers will learn more about opinions and needs related to social media education.
All data obtained from participants is confidential and will only be reported in an aggregate format (by reporting only combined results and never reporting individual ones). All questionnaires are confidential, and no one other than then investigators listed below, or those assisting with data analysis who have been appropriately trained in human protections, will handle the individual survey data. Data may be made available to IRB auditors from UND or certain government institutions who assure data is being managed appropriately. The data collected will be stored in the HIPPA-compliant, Qualtrics-secure database until it has been deleted by the primary investigator. No information will be reported that could identify any individual respondent.
There is no direct compensation for your participation in this survey.
Participation and Time
Participation in this research study is completely voluntary. You have the right to withdraw at anytime or refuse to participate entirely without jeopardy to your academic status, GPA, or standing with the university. If you desire to withdraw, please just close your internet browser. The survey will take about fifteen minutes to complete; you will go through six screens of questions. You can see the progress bar at the bottom of the screen to see how far along you are.
Questions about the Research
If you have questions regarding this study, you may contact Melanie Sage, PhD, LICSW (Principal Investigator), at 701-777-1224, firstname.lastname@example.org (University of North Dakota, 225 Centennial Drive, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7135), or supporting investigators, Todd Sage, email@example.com (University of North Dakota) or Melissa Wells, PhD (University of New Hampshire), 603-862-0076, Pettee Hall Rm 239, Durham, NH, 03824-2621.
Questions about your Rights as Research Participants
If you have questions about your rights as a research subject, or if you have any concerns or complaints about the research, you may contact the University of North Dakota Institutional Review Board at (701) 777-4279.
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