Online and Offline Volunteering

1. BACKGROUND and CONSENT

 
BACKGROUND:

I am currently enrolled in a Masters of Applied Anthropology program at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. I am in the process of working on my thesis, which explores the impact the Internet has on volunteerism and how online organizations can maximize the outcomes and benefits of aid.

I would also like to hear feedback from you about your experiences with either – or - both online and offline volunteering and with the organizations you have worked with.

Please note that I will be happy to share my final report with your organization, which should be completed by mid 2008.
CONSENT:

Please read the following consent form and if you agree, please click on the "yes" button before proceeding with the survey.

1. I consent to participate and answer the questions in this survey. I understand that in absence of a written copy of this information, I am free to print out anything that pertains to this survey for my records.

2. I acknowledge that:

(a) I have been informed that I am free to decide not to participate without explanation or prejudice.
(b) The survey is for the purpose of research on the researcher’s behalf.
(c) I have been informed that the information I provide will be safeguarded subject to any legal requirements of confidentiality (although understanding that anything communication over the Internet might be recorded in a website database over which I have no control).
(d) Seema Patel (researcher), Lisa Wynn (supervisor) and Greg Downey (supervisor) are the only three people who will have access to the responses of the questionnaire.
(e) The findings will be submitted to a publication; however, any published results will not include any information identifying individual participants without the consent of participants (pseudonyms will be used).

3. This research is being conducted by Seema Patel and meets the requirements for a Masters of Applied Anthropology under the supervision of Lisa Wynn and Greg Downey at Macquarie University. Should you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to call either my supervisors or myself at: +61 4 1015 2654. You may also email us at the following:
Seema Patel: s4patel77@yahoo.com
Lisa Wynn: lisa.wynn@scmp.mq.edu.au
Greg Downey: greg.downey@scmp.mq.edu.au

I (the participant) have read and understand the information above. I agree to participate in this research. I have been informed that due to the online nature of this consent form, I can print out this form and use it as a hard copy to keep for my records.


** The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the Macquarie University Ethics Review Committee (Human Research).
If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in this research, you may contact the
Committee through the Research Ethics Officer (telephone +61 2 9850 7854, fax +61 2 9850 8799, email: ethics@mq.edu.au). Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated, and you will be informed of the outcome.
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