Before You Consent: About the Survey

The purpose of this study is to understand how Chicago’s film, television, and media/advertising workers connect with their creativity and support their own wellness while working in the industry. We expect this survey will take 15 to 20 minutes.

Why am I being asked to take part in this research study?
You are an adult (18+) who has worked in the Chicago film or television industry at some point within the last five years.

How many people will be in this study?
We expect about 200-1,000 people will be in this research study. 

What should I know about participating in a research study?
Whether or not you take part in this survey is up to you. All questions are optional. You can agree to take part and later change your mind. Your decision will not be held against you.

What happens if I say, “Yes, I want to be in this research”?
You will be asked questions about your involvement in the Chicago film community, your understanding of wellness and creativity, and your basic demographic information.

Will being in this study help me in any way?
We cannot promise any benefits. Possible benefits include a better understanding among the public, industry and government on the challenges and innovations in the film community.

How will the researchers protect my information?
This survey will not ask for your name. We also will not ask you to name any specific individual, film or television series, company, place, or organization. All data collected will be kept on no more than two password-protected hard drives.

Is there any way being in this study could be bad for me?
A possible risk for any research is that confidentiality could be compromised – that is, that people outside the study might get hold of confidential study information.  We will do everything we can to minimize this risk and ask you not to write any identifying information.

What happens if I do not want to be in this research, or I change my mind later?
You can leave the survey at any time and it will not be held against you. If you decide to withdraw from this study, any data already collected from you will be destroyed.

Who will have access to the information collected during this research study?
Only the the researcher and a research assistant will have access to the raw data.

How might the information collected in this study be shared in the future?
The results of this survey may be published publicly via the social media of our promotional partners – the Independent Film Alliance and OTV | Open Television. Data may be published in scholarly journals and books from our principal investigator.

Will I be paid or given anything for taking part in this study?
There is no payment or reimbursement for participating in this study.

Who can I talk to?
If you have questions, concerns, or complaints, you can contact the Principal Investigator Aymar Jean Christian (

This research has been reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) – an IRB is a committee that protects the rights of people who participate in research studies. You may contact the IRB by phone at (312) 503-9338 or by email at if: 1) Your questions, concerns, or complaints are not being answered by the research team, 2) You cannot reach the research team, 3) You want to talk to someone besides the research team, 4) You have questions about your rights as a research participant.

If you want a copy of this consent for your records, you can print it from the screen. If you cannot print the consent and would like a copy for your records, contact the Principal Investigator.
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