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Mapping Canadian Arts-Service Organizations as Cultural Research Conduits

My name is Dr. Miranda Campbell. I am a faculty member at Ryerson University in the School of Creative Industries. I would like to invite you to take part in my research study, conducted in collaboration with Mass Culture, about Arts-Service Organizations (ASOs) in Canada. 

This project is funded by SSHRC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  We anticipate up to 1000 participants will take part in this survey. The survey will be shared through Mass Culture’s mailing list, however we are also hoping to recruit participants through the sharing of this survey by participants. As a research partner, Mass Culture is helping to steer this research project, but does not have access to the raw data.

The Canada Council for the Arts defines ASOs as “a non-profit organization that furthers the interests of artists, creators, arts organizations and elements of the arts community. The organization’s activities can include policy development, advocacy, provision of professional services, and production of collective projects.”

If you see yourself in this definition, and you are the executive director or equivalent of your organization, we invite you to take this survey. You will be asked to fill out this survey on behalf of your ASO. Please designate only one individual from your organization to complete the survey, and please notify your Board of Directors of your participation in this survey.

The goals of this project are to map ASOs and quantify the nature of this sector, including size, activities, and employment / staffing. We will also explore how ASOs generate and share research, identify areas of need and gaps in cultural research across ASOs on a national scale, and identify how ASOs collaborate and share research and data. The results of this survey will be disseminated through an interactive digital cultural map on Mass Culture’s website. Organizations that participate in this survey will be named and identified on this map. To participate in this research project, it is necessary for organizations to be identifiable so they can be located on the map.


You are being asked to voluntarily complete this on-line survey. It involves questions about the structure and activities of your ASO and should take about 30 minutes to complete. You can click through all questions to review them before beginning the survey if you wish. You may skip any question and / or stop answering the survey at any time.  In order for all of your answers to be collected you must go to the end of the survey and click ‘submit survey’. This will demonstrate your full consent to participation. Please complete the survey in a location that offers sufficient privacy. If you wish to withdraw your participation in this survey after you submit your answers, you may contact the researcher (contact information below) for up to three months after the survey closes. 


At the conclusion of this research project (approx. May 2020) data from this survey will be available to your organization for use in grant applications, research projects, etc. At the end of the survey you will be able to provide your contact information in order to access this data. It is hoped that the research will increase knowledge around the scope of activities ASOs participate in and benefit research towards the important role ASOs play in Canada.

Some of the survey questions may make you uncomfortable or upset or you may simply wish not to answer some questions. You are free to skip any questions you do not wish to answer, or stop participating at any time by closing your browser. If you close your browser before getting to the end of the survey and do not confirm your consent to participate at the end of the survey by clicking the ‘submit’ button, your information collected up to that point will not be used.


The survey is confidential and as such will not be collecting information that will easily identify you, like your name or other unique identifiers. However, the survey will ask questions about the organization you work for and the name of your organization will be associated with your answers. Your organizational information that you fill out on behalf of your organization will be identifiable Although your Internet Protocol (IP) address can be tracked through the survey platform, the researcher/s will not be collecting this information. Your IP address may be observed only to ensure that one individual is not completing the survey multiple times.


This survey uses SurveyMonkey which is a United States of America (USA) company.

Consequently, USA authorities under the provisions of the USA Freedom Act Act may access the survey data. If you would rather participate with an email or paper-based survey please contact the researcher (contact information below). 

Data will be collected stored in the SurveyMonkey platform while survey is open, and then downloaded to the researcher’s computer for analysis. To further protect your information, data stored by the researcher will be password protected and/or encrypted. Only Dr. Miranda Campbell and research assistants (Calla Evans and Lucy Wowk) will have access to the raw data as collected. Any future publications will include collective information (i.e., aggregate data) and any data provided to participating ASOs and Mass Culture will be “cleaned” of any personal contact information. 

Email addresses will only be collected from online survey participants who are willing to be contacted at a later date for an interview and/or would like to be contacted once the data mapping project is publicly available.. These addresses will be kept in Dr. Campbell's secure office on a password-protected computer. Personal data like email addresses and consent forms will be kept separate from study responses.

When the research is completed, the researcher will keep the data for up to 10 years after the study is over, at which time it will be destroyed. Data will be disseminated from this research project in journal articles, conference presentations, and a publicly available map. Please contact the researcher (information below) for access to these publications.


You will not be paid for taking part in this study.


Participation in research is completely voluntary and you can withdraw your consent at any point up to clicking the submit button at the end of the survey. 

Please note, that by clicking submit at the end of the study you are providing your consent for participation. By consenting to participate you are not waiving any of your legal rights as a research participant.



If you have any questions about this research, please feel free to contact the researcher:

Dr. Miranda Campbell
RCC 313
School of Creative Industries
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON, Canada, M5B 2K3
(416) 979-5000 x3519

If you have any questions about yourIf you have any questions about your rights or treatment as a research participant in this study, please contact the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board at (416) 979-5042.


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