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Consent to Participate

Principal Investigator: Dr. Astrid Kendrick, Werklund School of Education
Co-investigators: Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew, Werklund School of Education
            Dr. Theodora Kapoyannis, Werklund School of Education

Research Collaborators:
         Alberta School Employee Benefits Plan: Dr. Carlyn Volume-Smith
Alberta Teachers Association: Dr. Lisa Everett
Title of Project:  Mobilizing HEARTcare Planning for educational workers in Alberta and the Northwest Territories
Funding Provided By:  Partnership Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
This consent form is only part of the process of informed consent. If you want more details about something mentioned here, or information not included here, please contact the lead researcher, Dr. Astrid Kendrick. Please take the time to read this information carefully and to understand any accompanying information.

The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this research study.

Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this study is to understand and build occupational well-being through the following objectives:

1) Track the trends of compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, and burnout, in educational workers through yearly surveys
2) Implement HEARTcare planning with pilot groups of educational workers.
3) Adapt the HEARTcare planning tools and resources for preservice teachers.
4) Refine the HEARTcare planning tools and resources for broader use.

HEARTcare planning is a comprehensive framework for educational workers to identify and use a wide range of mental and emotional health supports and resources available to them.

The intent of this survey is to track the trends of compassion fatigue and burnout in the provinces of Alberta and the Northwest Territories. The data gathered from this survey will explore the longer term trends for occupational well-being and will inform future iterations of the professional learning, website, and the HEARTcare templates and workbook to address the occupational hazards of compassion fatigue and burnout as they track over time in educational workers.

What Will I Be Asked To Do?

You will be asked to complete a survey about your understanding of, and experience with, compassion fatigue, emotional labor, and burnout in your role as a person working in the Alberta or NWT Kindergarten to Grade 12 educational system. If you would like to participate, you will be asked to click on the consent button which will allow you to proceed to the survey.

Once you agree to participate, you will be asked a series of questions about your experiences and understanding of these phenomena. We ask that you answer honestly and completely so the research team can fully understand the scope of these phenomena in Alberta.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes of your time to complete. Participation in the survey is completely voluntary. You may decline to answer any and all questions and may end the survey at any time by exiting your browser tab. Incomplete surveys will be kept and used for data analysis. The completion of this survey will not have any impact on your employment and is completely anonymous.

What Type of Personal Information Will Be Collected?
No personal identifying information will be collected in this study, but participants will be asked to provide general demographic information including ethnic origins, gender, years of employment, location in the province, and rural/urban status. All participants shall remain anonymous.

Are there Risks or Benefits if I Participate?
There are minimal risks, harms or inconveniences to you as a participant of this survey. Given the sensitive nature of the phenomena of compassion fatigue, emotional labor, and burnout, you might feel some emotional distress. Please access the links for supports and resources available to you through the Alberta Teachers Association, Northwest Territories Teachers Association, and Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan.

Should you experience any discomfort while completing the survey, you may access the following mental health resources available at the University of Calgary.

What Happens to the Information I Provide?

The anonymous survey results will be collected and analyzed by the research team. The partnering organizations, the ATA, NWTTA and the ASEBP will be provided an aggregated report of the data analysis.

If participants complete only part of the survey, then the data from the questions they completed will be included in the results. Once the survey is submitted, there is no way for participants to withdraw their data as it is immediately anonymized.

The research team will collect and analyze the survey results. Analysis of data will be summarized for the partner organizations, any public or conference presentations, and written publication of results. All downloaded data will be stored on an encrypted and password-protected computer by members of the research team. These laptops will be stored in locked offices or in locked filing cabinets. Once the data has been analyzed, the raw data will be kept for three years and then erased from all digital devices as per University of Calgary data retention policies.
If you have any further questions or want clarification regarding this research and/or your participation, please contact:
Dr. Astrid Kendrick,
Principal Researcher
Director, Field Experience (Community-Based Pathway)
Werklund School of Education
(403) 968-4619  

If you have any concerns about the way you’ve been treated as a participant, please contact the Research Ethics Analyst, Research Services Office, University of Calgary at (403) 220-6289/220-4283; email A copy of this consent form has been given to you to keep for your records and reference. The investigator has kept a copy of the consent form.
 Consent to Participation and Data Collection
 By selecting YES, you have agreed to participate and provide your data for this research study. Selecting NO will end the survey and end your participation.   *This question is required.