Welcome mixed methods research community member

As a member of the mixed methods research community, we ask for your help to address the following question: What are the essential competencies for mixed methods researchers?  To build community consensus, we ask you to participate in a survey as part of a research project titled "Developing and Validating Competencies for Conducting Mixed Methods Research". Please note that the draft competencies have been reviewed by a group of experts and revised. We are interested in knowing your level of agreement with how essential each of the competencies are, and we are particularly interested in understanding what competencies are missing. Participation in the survey is anticipated to take approximately 30 minutes.

Clicking through and completing the survey indicates you have chosen to participate and you are consenting to having your responses included in this study. You can decline to answer a particular question; just leave it blank and complete the questions you feel comfortable answering. You can withdraw at any time by exiting the survey. If you complete the survey, it will not be possible to withdraw your responses because they are gathered anonymously. We are recruiting any member who considers themselves part of the mixed methods research community. This project will likely identify competencies that can inform education of mixed methods researchers and so the perspectives from a range of disciplines and expertise are sought.

All information collected will be kept private. Results from this project will be reported as a group; any individual responses will only be seen by the research team. Please note that we will only ask for your email address if you would like to receive a report of the group results. The information collected will be kept in a secured storage space and the computers with the data file will be password protected and encrypted. In general, the survey responses will be kept for a minimum of 5 years. However, as this survey may become a regular event, data may be kept for longer than 5 years in order to use it for year-over-year comparisons. Because the Survey Monkey online platform will be used to collect your answers, data are being housed on servers located in the United States. Note: The confidentiality procedures will be followed with all information provided to us. However, since Survey Monkey is a U.S.-based organization, under U.S. privacy laws, the U.S. government has the right to access that information under certain circumstances.

The results from this study may be discussed in the instructional classroom, presented at academic conferences, and published in research journals.  We do not expect any risks from being in this study. Sharing your feedback will help the mixed methods research community identify and develop effective training programs focused on competencies.

The plan for this study has been reviewed for its adherence to ethical guidelines and approved by the Research Ethics Board 2 at the University of Alberta. For questions regarding participant rights and ethical conduct of research, contact the Research Ethics Office at (780) 492-2615. This office has no affiliation with the study investigators.

For further information about this project, you may contact Dr. Cheryl Poth or Dr. Shelley Ross at the email addresses and/or phone numbers listed below.

Sincerely,


Dr. Cheryl Poth
Ph: (780) 492 1144
cpoth@ualberta.ca

Dr. Shelley Ross
Ph: (7802) 248 1264
sross@ualberta.ca

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