The MLSE Foundation and University of Toronto are engaging in a research study on access, engagement, and equity in youth sport in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which you are invited to participate. 
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to learn about the youth who are able to access and play sport, and whether interests and experiences are associated with gender, race, geography and other intersectionalities. Individuals aged 6-29 and/or parents/guardians on behalf of youth are being invited to complete a short online questionnaire. The research project is expected to take four months, with a target goal of 5000 survey participants. 

Voluntary commitment: Participation involves filling out one anonymous 10-15 minute online Survey Monkey questionnaire. Some demographic information such as age, gender and ethnicity will be asked in order to learn about the different kinds of experiences by people who identify differently. Your participation is voluntary and you do not need to participate in this research in order to sign up for any sport program.  If you are not comfortable answering a question, you may choose not to answer.

Benefits: The feedback provided may help generate new knowledge to an under-researched aspect of sport engagement and equity. The results of the research will be publicly available online for organizations, funders and policymakers to access which may help inform and improve the diversity and quality of sport opportunities available in different communities.

Risks: The risks of involvement in this project are minimal. There is a chance you might feel some emotional discomfort in reflecting on your experiences related to sport, privilege and/or marginalization. You may skip any questions you do not feel comfortable answering. 

Prize Draw: At the end of the questionnaire, you will have an opportunity to volunteer your e-mail address for inclusion in a draw for a grand prize of tickets to a future Toronto Raptors or Toronto Maple Leafs home game and/or a special apparel package from your favourite team ($1000 value). This is the only time your name and contact will be asked, and it will be deleted upon completion and fullment of the prize draw.

Confidentiality: The survey is an anonymous online questionnaire where no personally identifying information is required. If you choose to enter additional open-ended feedback, any direct quotes used in reports will be anonymous without participants being able to vet quotes or be individually identified as the source of quotes. 

Ethics: This project has been reviewed and approved by the Community Research Ethics Board. If you feel you have not been treated according to the descriptions in our information, or your rights as a participant in research have been violated during the course of this project, you may contact the Chair, Community Research Ethics Board, at: Community Research Ethics Office (Canada) Corp. c/o Centre for Community Based Research, 190 Westmount Road North, Waterloo ON N2L 3G5; Email: Telephone: 1-888-411-2736.

Data Storage: If you enter your contact information for the prize draw, it will take you to a separate link that is not connected to any of the survey questions. The members of the project team who will have access to the raw data are the five individuals listed below. Upon completion of the survey period, all raw data will be removed from Survey Monkey and downloaded directly to a secure MLSE server with additional password protections known only to the project team listed below. Aggregate survey results will be saved indefinitely for use in reports, publications and for sharing findings on the study web page. 

Data in Transit: Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed while data is in transit between the device being used to complete the survey and the submitted response in Survey Monkey.  It is possible that web browsers, sites and internet providers may be aware of the IP number of the device being used and obligated to report data if required by law.  

Results: The information shared will be analyzed for insights and trends.  The aggregate findings  will be shared with a diverse range of audiences interested in youth sport access, engagement and equity in Ontario. This includes in reports, academic publication, presentations and online. Aggregate findings will be kept in perpetuity, and key insights will further be made available in a visual dashboard on a web page accessible to the public.

Withdrawal: You can choose whether to participate in any question and can withdraw from or stop the survey at any time, without penalty. Since no personally identifying information is being collected with the survey responses, there is no way to match or delete responses to questions previously answered and submitted.  Should you withdraw starting the survey and still wish to be considered in the draw, or have any other questions, please contact Bryan Heal, Project Lead at the below contact.

Questions: For any questions, you may contact Bryan Heal, Change the Game Research Project Lead, at or 416-637-7588. 

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