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 $10 as thanks for your participation. It can be e-transferred to a bank account or exchanged in person once COVID-19 protocols are loosened

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.
  • Telephone survey responses will be recorded directly to a computer program.
  • In-person surveys will be filled out on paper and entered into a data base within 72 hours. Once entered, the paper copies will be destroyed, unless you want them returned to you.
  • All paper materials will be kept in a locked filing cabinet and locked office until they are destroyed. The database is located on a University of Lethbridge server and is protected by password and firewall.
  • All data will be destroyed 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.
  • At the end of the survey, you will be asked to confirm that we can use your information. If you change your mind, we can destroy it at your request. If you decide to continue, it will be added anonymously to everyone else’s information. We will not be able to remove it once that happens.

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.