I am asking you to participate in a research study titled Climate Action in the Electronic Music Industry. This study is being conducted by Eli Goldstein, Bard Center for Environmental Policy for a master’s thesis that will be available at Bard College Stevenson Library upon completion in May, 2023. The Faculty Advisor for this study is Gautam Sethi, Bard Center for Environmental Policy. This document describes this study and answer some questions. Any further questions can be emailed to Eli Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What the study is about
This is a research study about climate action in the electronic music industry. The purpose of this research is to determine the potential for a voluntary climate agreement in the industry, as well as identify key elements that could be included in an industry-wide voluntary climate agreement. The information gathered from this research will be used to support the development of a framework and roadmap for a voluntary climate agreement in the electronic music industry.
Why you are invited to participate
You have been invited to participate in this research because you work in or work closely with the electronic music industry.
What I will ask you to do
You will be asked to read this consent form and acknowledge your consent which takes about 5 minutes. Then you will be asked to fill out a survey using Google Forms that will take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey begins with questions related to your place in the electronic music industry, your feelings about climate change, and your participation in climate action. The survey also includes an explanation of voluntary climate agreements, and a series of questions that explore your ideas about the potential for a voluntary climate agreement in the electronic music industry.
Risks and discomforts
I do not anticipate any risks or discomforts from participating in this research.
There are no direct benefits of participating in this study.
Incentives for participation
There are no incentives or compensation for participating in this survey.
In all research involving human subjects, including this study, confidentiality of identifiable information is essential. However, because of the nature of online data collection, there is still the risk that your privacy or confidentiality could be compromised. In order to protect your privacy and confidentiality this study is taking the following steps:
- Data will be stored on a password protected laptop.
- All identifiable or sensitive information will be stored separately from other study data and participant identities will be masked in publication.
- Data collection will be limited to the amount necessary to achieve the aims of the research.
Please note that the survey is being conducted using GoogleForms, a company not affiliated with Bard College and with its own privacy and security policies that you can find at its website. We anticipate that your participation in this survey presents no greater risk than everyday use of the Internet. Also please note that email communication is neither private nor secure. Though I am taking precautions to protect your privacy, you should be aware that information sent through e-mail could be read by a third party.
Sharing De-identified Data Collected in this Research
De-identified data from this study may be shared with the research community at large to advance science and health. We will remove or code any personal information that could identify you before files are shared with other researchers to ensure that, by current scientific standards and known methods, no one will be able to identify you from the information we share. Despite these measures, we cannot guarantee anonymity of your personal data.
Taking part is voluntary
Your involvement in this research survey is voluntary, and you may refuse to participate before the study begins, discontinue at any time, or skip any questions/procedures that may make you feel uncomfortable, with no penalty to you.
If you have questions
The main researcher conducting this study is Eli Goldstein a Graduate Student at Bard College. If you have questions, you may contact Eli at email@example.com or at +17818310426. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights as a subject in this study, you may contact the Bard College Institutional Review Board (IRB) at firstname.lastname@example.org or access more information at the website https://www.bard.edu/irb/.
Each participant will be given a copy of this information sheet.