Participant Information and Electronic Consent Form

What is this survey for?

If you use data for research, investigations or journalism, we want to help you by identifying barriers to working with data and ways to fill skills gaps. 

We have a successful history of supporting people in data-based research for a range of purposes including journalism, advocacy, academic papers and community activism. However, support for these skills can be difficult to accurately tailor to different audiences.

The incorporation of our research findings will be an important step towards building a more flexible provision of training, teaching and support that can be adapted to the needs of a range of different roles and organisations.

Please take just ten minutes to complete this survey and help enable more people from more diverse backgrounds to move their research forward by engaging effectively with data tools and the open data movement. Such progress will be necessary if open data transparency is ever to be translated into governmental accountability

If you would like to enter our prize draw for a free one-day ticket to the 2018 Data workshops at the Centre for Investigative Journalism Summer School in London, UK enter your email on the 'Tell us more' page.


Your Participation

Dr. Anna Feigenbaum from Bournemouth University is conducting this study in partnership with the Centre for Investigative Journalism. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. You are free to omit any question. Please note that to withdraw you can close the browser page at any time while completing the questionnaire. However, after you hit the submission button we will be unable to remove your anonymised responses from the study. If you have questions at any time about the study or the procedures, you may contact Dr. Anna Feigenbaum.  


To the best of our ability your answers in this study will remain confidential. The questions are designed to keep your identity anonymous. You can skip any of the questions that you do not want to answer. Where identifying information is collected will minimise any risks by anonymising any answers that contain such information, using BOS’s response encryption, and following protocols for the secure storage of data. BOS will destroy the data backup of this survey three months after the survey closes (October 2017). 


We believe there are no known risks associated with this research study; however, as with any online related activity the risk of a breach is always possible. Participants can contact Prof Iain MacRury DDRPP, via email in the case of complaints at 

I have read the above information, I confirm that I am 18 years of age or older and that I voluntarily agree to participate. I understand that I can withdraw at any time during the survey. Required