KEY FEATURES: Introduces students to developing research questions and shows their importance in driving research design. Rarely taught topics, such as how to enter and clean data, offer students information missed in both research methods and statistics courses. Shows how to write up survey results for academic, business and nonprofit reports to alleviate the confusion students feel about how to write up findings. Rigorous treatment of sampling focuses on many sampling issues from probability theory to weighting. Offers the process of actually conducting a survey with advice on administering surveys, incentives, and improving response rates.

What Is Informed Consent?

Erin Ruel

In research, informed consent is the process whereby researchers explain the research study to prospective participants, and hope they will agree to undertake the study. It general, it is a form that includes information on what the survey study is, any risks or benefits to participants, any possible incentives, and how participants’ privacy will be maintained. Only with this knowledge can participants make an informed decision about whether or not to consent to participate. Researchers need to be honest and transparent with their research subjects in terms of explaining to participants all that is involved in the research study.

Informed consent is most often obtained through participants signing the informed consent form. There are times when waiving a signature might ...

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