Interfaith dialogue in Qatar. Have your say!
Informed Consent Script - Online Survey
BY SUBMITTING THIS SURVEY, YOU ARE INDICATING YOUR CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS STUDY. YOU MAY SKIP ANY QUESTIONS YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE ANSWERING.
You are invited to participate in a research study titled “Understanding Qatar’s Interfaith Dialogue Culture: Motivations, Trends, and Challenges”. This study is being conducted by Asim Koldzo, a senior student at Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar. The study is being conducted to understand the state of interfaith dialogue in Qatar – current trends, motivations behind its promotion, as well as possible challenges in the Qatari environment. The results obtained through this survey will be used solely for the purposes of the study.
Participation in this study is entirely voluntary at all times. You can choose not to participate at all or to leave the study at any time. Regardless of your decision, there will be no effect on your relationship with the principal investigator or any other consequences.
You are being asked to take part in this study because you are a resident/citizen of Qatar aged above 18.
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to fill out a survey about the state of interfaith dialogue in Qatar. Questions fall into three categories: general information about you, your religious views, and your attitude vis-à-vis interfaith dialogue in Qatar. The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. Should you find some questions difficult or inappropriate, you can skip them. The results will be collected by the principal investigator through the password-protected SurveyMonkey account.
All of your responses to this survey will remain anonymous and cannot be linked to you in any way. No identifying information about you will be collected at any point during the study, and your survey will be identified only with a random pseudonym. Once you submit your completed survey, there will be no way to withdraw your responses from the study because the survey contains no identifying information.
Study data will be kept both in digital and paper format. Digital data will be kept in a password- and fingerprint-protected file on the principal investigator’s and the faculty mentor’s computer. Both devices will be encrypted as per the Georgetown University data protection policies. Paper data will be kept in a locked box in the faculty mentor’s office for a set period of seven years. Only the principal investigator and the faculty mentor will have access to the data at all times.
Participation in the study might pose minimal risk to you in the form of asking sensitive questions that might cause you some level of inconvenience. However, you are free to not to answer any such questions and that will not affect your participation in the study. You also have the right to withdraw at any time from participating in the study without any consequences whatsoever.
While you will not experience any direct benefits from participation, information collected in this study may benefit others in the future by helping improve knowledge about the state of interfaith dialogue in Qatar. This is the first study of its kind and will provide valuable information for both Qatari policymakers, academics, and wider public. Following its completion, the results of the study will be freely available online.
If you have any questions regarding the survey or this research project in general, please contact the principal investigator, Asim Koldzo, at +447549219622 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the faculty mentor, Dr. Patrick Laude at email@example.com. Please call Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar IRB Office at 4457-8414 (8:30am to 5:00pm, Sunday to Thursday) if you have any questions about your rights as a participant.
By completing and submitting this survey, you are indicating your consent to participate in this study.