RESEARCH PARTICIPANT INFORMATION AND CONSENT FORM

               The purpose of this research is to gather information on the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) experience of National Guard members. Information collected from this survey will be used to determine if the current mandatory and non-mandatory TAP training components meet the needs of National Guard service members, especially those who have deployed and transitioned multiple times; if TAP training positively impacts knowledge of benefits, and supports employment, education, career and/or entrepreneurship goals AFTER transition occurs. This information will assist the National Guard Office of Warrior Support in making recommendations to Congress for a National Guard and/or Reserve Component specific TAP process that meets the unique needs of this population. Reports will be provided to the Office of Warrior Support within the National Guard Programs Division. Findings will be used in reports and testimony provided to Congress. Some findings may be presented at conferences, symposia, and meetings.
            Your survey questionnaire will be treated as confidential. No individually-identifiable survey responses will be collected or reported. Only group statistics will be reported. The survey is designed to not collect e-mail addresses or Internet protocol (IP) addresses. To further maintain confidentiality of the survey, please do not include your name or any other information by which you can be identified in any of the comment boxes in the survey.
            All study documents (paper and electronic) including signed consent forms (if applicable), will be stored in a secure location, e.g. a password-protected computer and/or locked filing cabinet in a secure location and will be retained for a minimum of three years after the close of the study by the principal investigator.
            Providing information for this survey is voluntary. Failure to respond will not result in any penalty to the respondent. However, maximum participation is encouraged so that data will be complete and representative. Your decision to complete the survey indicates that you participate of your own accord in this research project and release any claim to the collected data, research results, publication in any form including thesis/dissertation, journal article, conference presentation or commercial use of such information or products resulting from the collected information. If you have concerns about the treatment of research participants, you can contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Indiana Wesleyan University, 4201 South Washington Street, Marion, IN 46953. (765) 677-2090.
            BY CLICKING ON ‘NEXT’, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ THIS CONSENT INFORMATION, ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RESEARCH PROJECT AND AM PREPARED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROJECT.
            The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

QUESTIONS: For questions related to the survey, please contact: 
Dr. Kathryn Eads, Adjunct Faculty
Indiana Wesleyan University
109 W. Washington St., PO Box 30
Waynetown, IN  47990
Cell: 317-501-4177
Email: kathryn.eads@agsfaculty.indwes.edu

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