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JACQUELYN J. JOHNSTON

Research Project: 

Becoming Feral: Life and death making policies governing companion animals

To increase confidentiality, please create a new email address,

associated only with your fictitious name,

where you receive correspondence regarding this research.

Spanish version will be posted 1/15/2019

ADULT ONLINE CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH STUDY

Becoming Feral: Life and death making policies governing companion animals

 

PURPOSE OF THE STUDY

You are being asked to be in a research study.  The purpose of this study is to better understand the experiences and opinions of Miami-Dade County residents engaging with the policies and programs offered by Miami-Dade Animal Services. Specifically, we are looking for individuals to speak with us about feral and stray cats in Miami-Dade County, and the Trap-Neuter-Release program.

 

NUMBER OF STUDY PARTICIPANTS

If you decide to be in this study, you will be one of forty people in this research study.

 

DURATION OF THE STUDY

Participation will require at least one interview, and may consist of up to three follow up interviews. The initial interview will take approximately two hours, and follow up interviews may range from short five-minute chats or additional two-hour interviews. The research process may continue for up to two years, or approximately September of 2020.

 

PROCEDURES

If you agree to be in the study, we will ask you to do these two things:

  1. We will ask you some questions about your experiences or knowledge about the policies and government programs created to manage and control the stray, free-roaming, feral, and community cat populations in Miami-Dade County.

  2. Our talk will be recorded using this audio recorder [show digital recorder]. This recording will help us remember what we talked about. We need to record the talk so that the talk can be typed up. You cannot be a part of the study if you do not wish for our talk to be recorded.

  3. Alternatively, should in person interviews be unavailable, participants may elect to participate through secured online platforms (such as Skype). These online interviews will follow the same guidelines as in person interviews, and will be recorded using an audio recorder for transcription.

RISKS AND/OR DISCOMFORTS

There are two minimal risks to you participating in this study. One involves maybe talking about past things that might make you feel uncomfortable. I will never ask you to share things that make you feel uncomfortable. At any moment, you may end this interview without telling me why. If any question is too personal, you do not have to answer or you may ask to move on to a different question.

 

The second small risk to you is loss of confidentiality. We have taken many steps to keep your identity private. If you agree to participate in the interview, we will agree on a fictitious (fake, false or assumed) name. Any document about this interview will only use this fictitious name, which will keep your identity private. Your real name will not be written, stored, or published anywhere.

 

BENEFITS

You will not be paid or get anything for being in this study, but we hope our work will add to the research on current theoretical debates about wild and domestic animals cohabitating with humans in new ways.

 

ALTERNATIVES

You do not have to take part in this study.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

The records of this study will be kept private and will be protected by law. In any sort of report, we might publish, we will not include any information that will make it possible to identify you.

 

The audio recording will only have your fictitious name. After the interview, the recording will be securely stored in a password protected file. Later, a member of our team will type up our talk on a computer. All the study files will be stored in a password protected file that only the research team will have access to. However, your records may be reviewed for audit purposes by authorized University or other agents who will be bound by the same rules of confidentiality.

 

Once we have typed up the audio file, we will destroy the audio recording. However, we will keep the typed papers of our talk in a private secured place for future research.

 

If you decide to withdraw from the study we will destroy all your recordings and records, using your fake name to identify the materials. You should remember this fictitious name in case you need to contact us in the future, since we will not have anything with your real name.

 

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS & ACADEMIC EXPERTS

Subject matter and academic experts may opt to waive confidentiality and fictitious name option, and have their name and published works acknowledged in any published work that may result from this study.

 

COMPENSATION & COSTS

You will not get paid to do this and we will not charge you anything either.

 

RIGHT TO DECLINE OR WITHDRAW

Your participation in this study is voluntary.  You are free to participate in the study or withdraw your consent at any time during the study.  Your withdrawal or lack of participation will not affect any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.  The investigator reserves the right to remove you without your consent at such time that they feel it is in the best interest.

 

RESEARCHER CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions about why or how we are doing this study, or any other issues relating to this research study you may contact, please feel free to contact Dr. Kevin Grove, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, FIU. Phone: 305-348-3343 or Email: kgrove@fiu.edu.

 

IRB CONTACT INFORMATION

If you would like to talk with someone about your rights of being a subject in this research study or about ethical issues with this research study, you may contact the FIU Office of Research Integrity by phone at 305-348-2494 or by email at ori@fiu.edu.


PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT

I have read the information in this consent form and agree to participate in this study.  I have had a chance to ask any questions I have about this study, and they have been answered for me.  By clicking on the “consent to participate” button below I am providing my informed consent.