FAQs

Downloadable Version of Informed Consent

I’m not Indigenous. Can I still take part in the two studies?

  • Yes! This project hopes to make improvements to the child welfare system for everyone.

How long will the survey take?

  • It usually takes between 25 to 30 minutes

What will I get out of the survey?

  • You won’t benefit personally but the information you provide can assist in improving the child welfare system so that future young people will benefit
  • You will receive $20 as thanks for your participation. It can be e-transferred to a bank account for telephone interviews or exchanged in person

Will you ask invasive questions? What are the risks?

  • The questions are not overly invasive. Two questions ask if you have had experiences of violence. Three questions ask about past criminal convictions. Other questions ask you to rate your health. Remember, you can always opt out of questions that make you uncomfortable.
  • Some questions ask you about your overall experiences of being in government care. These may bring up bad memories you might have. If you think this might happen, let us know. We can also refer you to crisis and counseling services that are free or have a sliding scale payment system.

Will people be able to find out who I am?

  • Your information will be kept strictly anonymous and confidential. You do not need to provide a last name. You can give us a first name or initial only. If you give us your phone number or email, we will use it ONLY to contact you for the survey interview. Your phone number will be deleted once your survey interview is complete.
  • If you give us your contact information for the storytelling project, it will be kept completely separate from the survey.
  • Your survey responses will be added to a data set with everyone else’s information. There will be no way to identify who it came from once that happens.

What will happen to my information? How will it be kept safe?

  • Only the researcher and research assistant will have access to your information. Both must abide by ethical standards and confidentiality agreements. They will not share your information with anyone.
  • The only time we are required to breach your confidentiality is if you share information that a child is at risk for harm.
  • Survey responses will be recorded directly into a phone app and all information will be stored at a secure data centre, not on a cloud. Only the researcher has access to your information at this point.
  • Your contact information, if you provide it, will be stored separately on a password and firewall protected University of Lethbridge server.
  • All of your information will be deleted when the study is complete.

What if I change my mind about taking the survey while or after I’ve done it?

  • You can stop the survey at any time and ask that we destroy your information. We will do as you request.
  • You will have 24 hours after the survey to change your mind and have all your information deleted. 

Can I participate if I was in government care in another province?

  • Yes, you can participate if you were in care in another Canadian province or territory, but you must be living in Alberta now

Why can’t I just take the survey online instead of over the phone?

  • People have different levels of literacy, ability to understand and respond, and access to computers or the internet. Interviewing people over the phone or in person ensures that everyone receives questions the same way and that they be clear on what is meant by some questions. It will make sure that our final results are more accurate.

How can I find out about the results?

  • The Findings page will be updated regularly as different portions of the project are completed. You will be able to learn the final results there. You may also contact the researcher if you have specific questions or concerns.