You are invited to take part in a web-based survey conducted in fulfilment of a Sensory Integration MSc research project by Julia-Marie White (PG Dip OT), accredited by Ulster University. You have been contacted via the Sensory Integration Education mailing list, following your consent to be contacted for research purposes.
The research study is aimed at qualified ASI practitioners working with adolescents / adults / older adults in the workplace, and concerns how ASI is currently implemented by this population, also looking at factors that could support practitioners with future implementation. The study includes those who are ASI qualified but who are not currently practising ASI, but excludes practitioners working with paediatric populations only.
If you decide to take part, you will be asked to complete a brief online survey. It should take about 15 minutes. Each survey participant will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a £25 Amazon voucher; the winner will be randomly selected.
Participation in the project is entirely voluntary, and all responses will be kept confidential. Any potential identifying information will be removed prior to publication, and the information you provide will be held securely, as required by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
A participant information can be seen below if you wish to find out more about the study. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete an electronic consent form before taking the survey.
To participate in the survey, please click on the weblink below:
Use the following (case-sensitive) password to access the survey: ASIPilot
In order to complete the project within agreed timelines, please complete the questionnaire by Monday 13/08/18. Please respond only once.
If you require any more information about the study, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for taking the time to consider this invitation.
Julia-Marie White, PG Dip OT
1. Research Project Title
A mixed-methods approach to investigate the implementation of Ayres’ Sensory Integration® (ASI) by qualified ASI practitioners working with adolescents / adults / older adults in the UK
2. Invitation to study
You have been invited to take part in a web-based survey conducted in fulfilment of a Sensory Integration MSc research project by Julia-Marie White (PG Dip OT), accredited by Ulster University. The Sensory Integration (SI) Network has provided funding and recruitment support for the study.
Before deciding whether or not to participate, it is important that you understand the purpose of the research and what will be asked of you. Please read the information below, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the e-mail address provided at the bottom of the page.
3. What is the project’s purpose?
This research project aims to investigate how ASI is currently being implemented by the population of qualified ASI practitioners working with adolescents / adults / older adults in the workplace, through collecting demographic information and seeking practitioner views to identify if there are common facilitators and barriers that affect ASI implementation. The study also aims to identify factors that could support practitioners with future implementation.
4. Why have I been chosen?
You have been contacted via the Sensory Integration Network mailing list, following your consent to be contacted for research purposes. As a qualified ASI practitioner currently working with adolescents / adults / older adults, your views and experiences are greatly valued to understand the research issue. The study also includes those who are ASI qualified but who are not currently practising ASI.
5. Do I have to take part?
Participation in the study is entirely voluntary. If you do decide to take part you will be able to keep a copy of this information sheet, and you will be asked to indicate your agreement to participate through the online consent form. You may withdraw at any time whilst completing the survey, without needing to give a reason.
6. What will happen to me if I take part?
You will be asked to complete a web-based survey, which is estimated to take 15 minutes. As a thank you for your time and effort taken, all those completing survey entries will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a £25 Amazon voucher. The winner will be randomly selected.
7. What do I have to do?
If you decide to take part, you will need to click on the hyperlink contained within the e-mail sent to you, and you will be directed to the survey webpage, where you will be asked to enter the password (also provided in the e-mail). You will be asked to answer the survey questions provided. There are no other commitments associated with participating.
8. What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
Taking part in the study is not expected to cause you any disadvantage or discomfort. In the event that you have serious concerns about any part of the study, please contact the Chief Investigator Dr. Greg Kelly (details below). Ulster University has strict procedures for the reporting, investigation and handling of adverse events, and all complaints will be taken seriously.
9. What are the possible benefits of taking part?
It is hoped that this study will have a beneficial impact on ASI practitioner development through enabling best practice to be shared, and transferred to areas where ASI implementation may present challenges. Through identification of factors that may support future ASI implementation, it is also hoped that the study will be able to provide recommendations for action, which may inform future development needs. Study participants may request to be contacted and informed when / where the study results are to be disseminated via the online survey, in order to inform their professional work.
10. Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?
The information that we collect about you will be kept confidential. Your details will not be identifiable in any reports or publications, and your responses to the online questionnaire will be stored securely online in a password-protected form. Once the data are collected and the prize draw incentive allocated, the data will be anonymised for analysis. The anonymised data collected may be shared with other researchers for validation purposes, but will not allow any individual to be identifiable, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
11. What type of information will be sought from me, and why is this relevant to the research?
The questionnaire is interested in exploring your views and experiences to understand how ASI is currently being implemented in the workplace. You will not be recorded in any way other than your input to the questionnaire.
12. Has the project been ethically reviewed?
This study has been peer-reviewed and approved by an Ethics committee in accordance with Ulster University guidelines. Information on University Research Governance may be obtained from the Chief Investigator if required.
13. Who is organising and funding the research?
The research study is being conducted in fulfilment of a Sensory Integration MSc award by Julia-Marie White (PG Dip OT), and is accredited through Ulster University. Funding and recruitment support have been obtained from the Sensory Integration Network.
14. Contacts for further information
Name of Researcher: Julia-Marie White. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name of Chief Investigator: Dr. Greg Kelly, Reader, School of Health Sciences, Ulster University.
Tel: +442890366365, E-mail: email@example.com
Thank you very much for taking the time to consider this invitation.