Welcome to the Software Carpentry Workshop Attendees’ Survey

This survey is designed to capture information about the effectiveness and usefulness of Software Carpentry training. Details of this study are in the accompanying Information for Participants document, which you can download to save or print, or read below. 

Information for Participants

The Software Carpentry Workshop Attendees’ Survey will ask you about your experience of the Software Carpentry workshop you attended and its effects, if any, on your career path and software practices. It should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. All prospective research participants are asked to read the information about this research in its entirety and make sure they have read and understood it. You can download and save/print a copy of the information here.
Survey Consent Procedures
The procedures in this consent form are part of a research cohort study being conducted by Belinda Weaver at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, for a Master of Philosophy degree under the supervision of Dr Stephen Viller in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. The purpose of the study is to gather demographic and other information about attendees at Software Carpentry workshops, and to collect feedback on the impact, if any, the training has had on their career paths and software practices. The aim is to establish the efficacy and usefulness (or otherwise) of the training for researchers.In the online survey, you will be asked whether you consent to participate in this study. Select the ‘I AGREE TO PARTICIPATE’ option to provide informed consent for research participation. If you do NOT consent, choose the ‘I DO NOT AGREE TO PARTICIPATE’ option or simply close your browser window.

You will be asked to complete a voluntary online survey. This will be a combination of multiple choice and free text questions and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be used to assemble the demographic profile of attendees and also to identify those respondents who elect to participate in a more in-depth interview at a later stage. You can choose whether or not to identify yourself. It is planned that the demographic data will be made open access. However, this does not include sharing any information that could identify an individual or breach his or her privacy. Prior to sharing any of this data, any potentially sensitive or identifying information will be removed. Pseudonyms will be generated for all respondents whose comments are quoted within the research.

Participant requirements  
Participation in this study is limited to individuals age 18 and older who have attended a Software Carpentry workshop.  

The risks and discomfort associated with participation in this study are no greater than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during other programming activities. 

Despite the care taken, there is always a risk of breach of confidentiality. Raw survey data will be stored on a password-protected computer, and access will be limited to the study investigator listed at the top of this form. The researcher will take the following steps to protect participants’ identities during this study: 
1. Each participant will be assigned a number; 

2. The researcher will record any data collected during the study by number, not by name; 
3. All data files will be stored on a password-protected computer accessed only by the researcher; 
4. Identifying details will be stored separately from the survey responses.

The data will be retained for 5 years (for use in short-term future research) before we destroy them.

There may be no personal benefit from your participation in this study but the knowledge received may be used to inform the planning, design, and evaluation of future Software Carpentry or other training initiatives.

Compensation and Costs
You will not be paid for your participation in this study. 

By participating in the study, you understand and agree that The University of Queensland may be required to disclose your consent form, data and other personally identifiable information as required by law, regulation, subpoena or court order. Otherwise, your confidentiality will be maintained in the manner described under Risks.

Right to Ask Questions and Contact Information
This study adheres to the Guidelines of the ethical review process of The University of Queensland and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Whilst you are free to discuss your participation in this study with project staff (contactable on b.weaver@uq.edu.au or by phone +61 408 841 882), if you would like to speak to an officer of the University not involved in the study, you may contact the Human Ethics Coordinator on +61 7 3365 3924. 

If you have questions later, desire additional information, or wish to withdraw your participation, please contact the researcher by phone or e-mail in accordance with the contact information listed above.  

If you have questions pertaining to your rights as a research participant; or to report objections to this study, you should contact the Research Integrity Manager at UQ. Phone +617 334 66293. Email: rio@research.uq.edu.au

Voluntary Participation
Your participation in this research is voluntary.  You may discontinue participation at any time during the research activity.  Should you wish to withdraw from further involvement after completing the survey, you are at liberty to do so. However, the data you have already supplied will still be included in the demographic data.