YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE RESEARCH PROJECT

WHY HAVE YOU BEEN ASKED TO FILL IN THIS SURVEY?

We are asking anyone who has experience of two or more hearing centres in the UK, either first hand or second hand, to fill in the survey.

Participation is entirely voluntary – there is absolutely no obligation of any kind to join the study, and the University of Exeter, which is hosting the study, will not discriminate in any way against anyone who does not want to take part.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR MIND?

If you decide to fill in the survey you can later change your mind and withdraw the information you provided at any time. We will respect your decision. If you want to withdraw, just send us an email or telephone us. There are absolutely no penalties for stopping.

Equally if there are individual questions that you do not want to answer, then this is also fine – just indicate on the form that you are not answering that question.

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU DECIDE TO FILL IN THE SURVEY?

If you agree to fill in the survey, then it should last about 15 minutes. The survey is in five sections: ‘background information’; ‘differences within and between hearing centres'; ‘differences in personnel'; ‘material differences’; and ‘would you be interested in doing a follow up interview?’.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS?

We do not think there are any significant risks due to filling in this survey. We have asked a group of people the questions we would be asking you, and they told us they were very straightforward, and appropriate. All of the team on the project – that’s Melanie, Andy and Nick aim to create a relaxed and friendly environment.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SURVEY RESULTS?

A member of our research team is responsible for saving all of the data entered into secured word documents and an excel spreadsheet. From there, we then look to see if there are differences between courts that get mentioned in the responses that are worth a closer look.

ARE THERE ANY BENEFITS FROM TAKING PART?

There are no direct short-term benefits to you for taking part in this survey; however this study may help improve the quality of judicial processes in the UK.

The information you give in this survey is anonymous

Both you as an individual and the organisations that you discuss will not be identifiable from the publications.

HOW WE PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY

All the information we get from you is strictly confidential, and all researchers working on the study will respect your privacy.

We keep your name, address and personal details completely separate from the information we use to write our research, and there will be no information in our published research that could let anyone work-out who you were.

We will keep the form with your name and address together with the Consent Form for 10 years, because we are required to do so by the University.