Storytelling in Information Professions Interview Consent

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You are invited to participate in a research project on storytelling in information professions.  This study is conducted by Dr. Kate McDowell, Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.  

This study will take approximately 30 minutes of your time.  You will be asked for an interview regarding your experiences with data storytelling and your work. You will be asked about stories you have heard and told in the workplace.  

Your decision to participate or decline participation in this study is completely voluntary and you have the right to terminate your participation at any time without penalty. Your completion of this form indicates consent to participate in a semi-structured interview, with a brief list of questions provided via email in advance. With your prior permission, the interview will be audio recorded so that the researchers can make sure that any written notes are accurate. The recordings will not be shared with anyone outside of the research team, and will be kept in a secure location. You may decline for the interview to be recorded, or ask the researchers to stop recording at any time. You may withdraw your consent and cease to participate in this study at any time before, during, or after the interview.  

Your participation in this research will be completely confidential and data will be anonymized and reported in aggregate. Possible outlets of dissemination may be journal articles, conference presentations, or book chapters. Although your participation in this research may not benefit you personally, it will contribute to a deeper understanding of how storytelling (which has been shown in other studies to be fundamental to human communication and the organization of information in our human brains) operates practically on a day-to-day basis in information workplace environments. 

When this research is discussed or published, no one will know that you were in the study. However, laws and university rules might require us to disclose information collected during the study, but you will never be identified in our data. For example, if required by laws or University Policy, study information may be seen or copied by the following people or groups: a) The university committee and office that reviews and approves research studies, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Office for Protection of Research Subjects and b) University and state auditors, and Departments of the university responsible for oversight of research; and c) Federal government regulatory agencies such as the Office of Human Research Protections in the Department of Health and Human Services.

There are no risks to individuals participating in this survey beyond those that exist in daily life.  

If you have questions about this project, you may contact Kate McDowell via email or phone 217-244-8957.  If you feel you have not been treated according to the descriptions in this form, or if you have any questions about your rights as a research subject, including questions, concerns, complaints, or to offer input, you may call the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) at 217-333-2670 or e-mail OPRS at

Please print a copy of this consent form for your records, if you so desire. 

I have read and understand the above consent form, I certify that I am 18 years old or older and, by clicking the submit button to enter the survey, I indicate my willingness to voluntarily take part in the study.


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