How you can help
NB: Participation is now closed.
Do you live and/or work in the vicinity of a UK ecomuseum? Click the 'View ecomuseum Areas tab to view maps.
If so, then I would like to invite you to take part in this research study exploring the ways in which ecomuseums in the UK help communities connect to, understand and care for the places and landscapes in which they live and the wider implications for sustainable futures.
I am interested in your views if you live/work in the locale of an ecomuseum and/or have been involved in their activities and/or are connected to an ecomuseum organisation in some way. Prior knowledge of the ecomuseum is not necessary.
There are several ways that you can choose to get involved with this study. You can take part in any one stage, a combination of all*. *NB: Participants under 16 yrs, can only take part in tasks 1 – 4 and must have parental/guardian consent. 16 & 17 yr olds wishing to take part in an interview must have parental/guardian consent.
Survey: Complete an approx.. 15-minute anonymous online survey, just follow this link https://ntusurvey.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/uk-ecomuseums-land-connectedness-1
Sketch Mapping: Draw a quick annotated doodle map of your local landscape depicting what you love about it and why. (Click here to find out more * )
Creative Journaling: Keep a journal of your experiences, interactions with and activities in your local landscape and any ecomuseum activities that you do. This can be a single entry or several over a period of time (NB physical A5 journals will be posted to you for you to use and to keep, Click here to find out more * ).
Repeat survey – same questions as the online survey but sent directly to participants who agree to repeat the survey in a few months’ time as well to capture the effect of interacting with your local landscape has on you over time. Particularly suitable for those excited to discover more about their local landscape and explore what their ecomuseum does.
Take part in an interview – If you consent to an interview and are selected then you will be asked to take part in a 45 – 60 minute interview. These will mostly be conducted online, but in-person interviews may be possible within certain times.
If you are potentially interested in stages 2, 3, 4, or 5 then please send me an email at email@example.com and I will send you more information so you can decide whether to participate and if so, consent forms and arrangements will be sorted.
The anonymous survey can be accessed by clicking the button below or through the link above and can be completed at any time, with a consent form included at the start of the survey. (NB: No identifiable data will be collected in the anonymous online survey). All information given will be held anonymously and confidentially and used by me only for the purpose of this study (full data policy details given below). If you have any questions at all about this study or want more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Data Policy
Taking part in this research is voluntary. If you would prefer not to take part, or change your mind you do not have to give any reason. If you change your mind you should contact Victoria McMillan by emailing email@example.com up to 21 days after the interview/data collection activity completion date. If you withdraw after this point your personal information will be deleted, but the research data may be retained as part of the study. (NB Withdrawal of information from the anonymous online survey is not possible as there is no way to trace any individual response to any individuals as no identifiable information is collected.)
How will my confidentiality be protected?
Any names or identifying information will be removed from any responses collected. Data will be stored in pseudonymised form during the active research phase (data collection still ongoing); ie. participants’ identifiable information (name/email address) would be substituted with unique IDs generated online using a table of random numbers. Final data will be fully anonymised after active data collection so responses cannot be linked to any individual.
Data will be stored on NTU secure servers and only members of the research team will have access to recordings, transcripts and observation notes during the project using their NTU login details.
Any quotes that I use will be anonymised, which means that they cannot be linked to you, in any publications (digital or hard copy), thesis, or reports. Confidentiality will only be broken in circumstances where the researcher is concerned that there is a risk of harm to you or someone else. In this instance, the researcher must report this information to the relevant agency that can provide assistance.
What will happen to my data during the study and once the study is over?
NTU will be responsible for all of the data during the study. Once the study is over, interview recordings and personal information about you such as your name, contact details and pseudonym key will be destroyed. I will only keep the research data that would allow others to check and verify my findings. These will be deposited in the NTU Archive which is an archive of research data and will preserve data for at least ten years. Any anonymous data, which could not lead to the identification of either you, including analysed data and interview transcripts, will be publicly available. This will allow anyone else (including researchers, businesses, governments, charities, and the general public) to use the anonymised data for any purpose that they wish, providing they credit the University and researcher as the original creators. However, if you could potentially be identified through any information in the interview or data provided in your responses or other publicly available information, only approved researchers will have access to this data for the purposes of ethically approved research, and they will be required, ethically and legally, to work to protect your identity.
How will the data be used?
I will use data from your interview to inform my final thesis and any related journal articles, online digital publication or presentations – which will be publicly available. If you are interested, copies of any resulting publications will be available on request.
Whom can I contact if I have any questions or concerns about the study?
Research Principal Investigator: Victoria McMillan, Nottingham Trent University
You should contact the Data Protection Officer if:
you have a query about how your data is used by the University
you would like to report a data security breach (e.g. if you think your personal data has been lost or disclosed inappropriately)
you would like to complain about how the University has used your personal data
You should contact the [Chair of the REC] if:
you have concerns with how the research was undertaken or how you were treated
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