'Sodajerker on Songwriting' is a podcast created by Simon Barber and Brian O'Connor featuring interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters. It also forms part of ongoing research being undertaken by Simon, who is a research fellow at Birmingham City University.
You have been invited to take part in a research study that is looking at the experiences of 'Sodajerker on Songwriting' listeners. This project has been approved by the Birmingham City University Research Ethics Committee and your understanding and agreement of the information provided here are a condition of that approval.
ABOUT YOUR PARTICIPATION
You will be completing an online survey about your experience as a listener of the 'Sodajerker on Songwriting' podcast. It is anticipated that the time required to complete the survey is approximately 5-10 minutes.
The information gathered via this survey concerns the content, format and distribution of the 'Sodajerker on Songwriting' podcast and how you experience it as a listener. You will be asked questions about how and when you listen to the podcast and further questions regarding your opinions on a number of themes related to our research.
You will also be asked if you wish to take part in follow up interviews, which will take place during 2019 via either email, telephone or during focus groups. If you do not wish to be part of follow up interview process you can still complete the survey.
At certain points in the survey you will have the opportunity to expand upon your answers by writing into text boxes provided. These boxes are optional, so you may leave these blank if you do not wish to provide additional detail. All other questions are mandatory and the form will indicate if you have missed a field required.
You may decide to stop being a part of this element of the research project (the survey) at any time without explanation. You also have the right to ask that any data you have supplied to the project be withdrawn/destroyed.
If you would like to stop participation in this element of the study, please do not complete the survey. Your decision to withdraw will not influence the nature of your relationship with the researchers or their institutions either now or in the future.
BENEFITS AND RISKS
Although you might not benefit directly, it is hoped that you will enjoy expressing your opinions on matters related to 'Sodajerker on Songwring' and on podcast listening in general. Those respondes could have potentially useful outcomes for the study of popular music, or for future iterations of this research project.
There are no foreseeable risks to health or well-being as a result of participating in this element of the research project. Participants are reminded, however, that it is their sole responsibility when completing this survey to ensure that it is safe to do so.
Your participation in this survey is voluntary and as such there is no provision for financial reimbursement of any kind. This includes loss, theft or damage to personal equipment (including but not limited to mobile phones, laptops, tablets) that may be incurred during the course of participation in the project.
DATA COLLECTION & STORAGE
The methods of data collection, storage and analysis used by the project have been designed in accordance with the University’s ethical guidelines for research activity.
Any personal information collected during the course of your participation in this survey will not be provided to 3rd Parties without your consent.
During any public (online/offline) dissemination activity undertaken by the research team (including academic papers and presentations, final doctoral thesis, and so on) your personal information (name, email address, age) will be fully anonymised.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
More information can be sought at any time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, including information about final results of the study. Additional questions concerning research ethics can be directed to Dr Hazel Collie, BCU’s Research Ethics Committee Convenor, via email: email@example.com