Permission to Take Part in a Human Research Study

Title of the Study: Redefining the Landscape of Educational Interpreting 


Principal Investigator: Kristen Guynes, PhD; RID Ed:K-12; ASLTA Certified; FSU SCSD Teaching Faculty

You are being invited to take part in a research study. Please review the information below about this research study, for you to consider before making a decision about participation. Ask us if you have any questions about this information or the research before you decide to take part.
Key Information for You to Consider
Statement of the Research Study. You are being invited to volunteer to take part in our research study.  It is up to you whether you choose to take part or not.  There will be no penalty or loss of benefits to you if you choose not to take part or decide later not to take part.

Purpose. The reason that we are doing this research is to learn more about the field of educational interpreting, and if any changes have occurred towards professionalization in recent years.

Duration. We think that it will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete this study.

Research Activities. You will be asked to complete an online survey, which consists of multiple choice and short answer questions.

Risks: There are no known risks for participating in this study.

Benefits: As a result of taking part in this research, you will help us understand more about educational interpreters and educational interpreting, which can contribute to improving the field.

The first 200 participants to complete the survey will receive a $10 discount towards membership in the National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE), which can be initial or renewal.

Upon completion of the study, which is anticipated to be no later than March of 2022, 10 participants who complete the survey will be randomly chosen to receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Disclosure: Dr. Deborah Cates, a co-investigator on this study, is a Board Member of the NAIE and may receive sponsored travel and/or presenter’s fees, internally or externally, for this and other relevant work. 

What is this study about?

Researchers in the field of educational interpreting are studying educational interpreters and their workplace situations.  We are interested in finding out information about the individuals who are providing these services, such as personal demographics and credentials, as well as the conditions and provisions of the employing school districts.  If you currently interpret in a preschool through twelfth grade educational setting, or have done so within the two years, or if have provided services for an educational setting through remote or virtual means, you are invited to participate in this study, because you have valuable perspectives to share.  Your involvement in the study is expected to last about 30 minutes to complete the survey.

What will happen during this research?

If you agree to be in this research, your participation will include:

Completion of an online survey with questions about your personal background and your workplace setting.
What will you do to protect my privacy?

We will take steps to protect your privacy and confidentiality. The results of the study may be published or presented, but no information that may identify you will ever be released.  Your name will not be collected during the survey, and your email address, should you choose to provide it for the purposes of being considered for the compensation, will not be associated with the survey responses that you submit.  The research team will not be able to identify your survey responses.

However, despite taking steps to protect your privacy or the confidentiality of your identifiable information, we cannot guarantee that your privacy or confidentiality will be protected. For example, if you reveal personal information such as your name or school’s name in the survey responses, it is possible that you could be identified.  However, the researchers will not share or use that information in any way, should that situation arise.

Individuals and organizations responsible for conducting or monitoring this research may be permitted access to and inspect the research records. This includes the Florida State University Institutional Review Board (FSU IRB), which reviewed this study.

If identifiers are removed from your identifiable private information that are collected during this research, that de-identified information could be used for future research studies without your additional informed consent.  For example, we could look at this data again in the future to see how perspectives may change over time.

What are the risks of harms or discomforts associated with this research?

There are no known risks or harms associated with this research.  However, we are asking you to give up some of your time to participate.

How might I benefit from this research?

There may be no personal benefit from your participation, but the knowledge you share can help improve the field of educational interpreting.

What is the compensation for the research?

The first 200 participants will receive a $10 discount coupon towards initial or renewal membership in the National Association of Interpreters in Education.  Additionally, upon completion of the study, which is anticipated to be December, 2021, but may be extended until March, 2022, 10 participants will be chosen at random to receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

What will happen if I choose not to participate?

It is your choice to participate or not to participate in this research. Participation is voluntary. There is no obligation to participate.  You can change your mind at any time while completing the survey and decide not to submit your responses.

Is my participation voluntary, and can I withdraw?

Taking part in this research study is your decision. Your participation in this study is voluntary. You do not have to take part in this study, but if you do, you can stop at any time. Your decision whether to participate will not affect your relationship with the researchers. If you decide to partially complete the survey and submit your responses, the information you shared may still be included in the study. 
Can I be removed from the research without my OK?

If it is determined that you do not qualify for this study, we may remove you from participation or your data will not be used in the reporting of results.

Who do I talk to if I have questions?

If you have questions or concerns, contact the research team at:

Kristen Guynes, PhD, Ed:K-12; ASLTA Certified

850.354.3176 (voice/text)

850.304.0132 (videophone)

The Florida State University Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) is overseeing this research. The FSU IRB is a group of people who perform official independent review of research studies before studies begin to ensure that the rights and welfare of participants are protected.  If you have questions about your rights or wish to speak with someone other than the research team, you may contact:

Florida State University IRB

2010 Levy Drive, Suite 276

Tallahassee, Florida 32306


Question Title

* 1. I have read and considered the information presented in this form. I confirm that I understand the purpose of the research and the study procedures. I understand that I may ask questions at any time and can withdraw my participation without prejudice. I have read this consent form. Clicking below indicates my willingness to participate in this study. 

I consent to participate in this study.

I affirm that I am at least 18 years old.

I affirm that I have provided sign language interpreting services in, or virtually for, an educational setting within the past two years.

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