Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES THE STUDY INVOLVE?

If you are interested in participating in the H2I study, you should first contact us to set up a time to speak over the phone.  Should you meet our eligibility criteria, you will then meet in person with one of our researchers.  During this meeting, we will address any questions you may have about the study, obtain informed consent, and set up and demonstrate the recording device with your phone.

Once you are fully informed of the study and set up with the recording equipment, you simply go away and take the time you need to record two hours of telephone conversations with whomever you like.  You may record your calls at home, at work, at the gym, or even at a coffee shop.  It’s completely up to you.

Upon completion of your calls, you will meet with the researchers to submit your recordings and collect your honorarium.  There may be possibilities for you to continue with the study if you so choose.


HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO GENERATE PHONE CONVERSATION RECORDINGS?

We are flexible about how long you will need to generate and record telephone conversations before handing them back.  You may choose to have one or two extended calls or you may choose to have a series of short calls; so long as your submitted calls equal two hours of recorded conversations.


DO I NEED TO TELL THE PERSON WHOSE CONVERSATION I AM RECORDING THAT I AM RECORDING THE CONVERSATION FOR A STUDY?

Yes.  The researcher you meet with will explain the informed consent procedures to you and for the people you record over the telephone. 


HOW WILL THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY BE USED?

The results of the study will be shared in academic journals, professional conferences, and community workshops.  Findings will be available to all participants recruited for the study. 


WHAT IS THE COMPENSATION, AND HOW DO I GET IT?

You will receive $75 for two hours of telephone recordings.  You will receive this once you meet with the researcher and submit your recordings.


WILL MY IDENTITY, AND THE IDENTITY OF THE PERSON ON THE OTHER END OF THE CONVERSATION, BE KEPT SECRET?

Yes.  Your confidentiality and your safety will be prioritized throughout the duration of the study and with any use of your data. All identifying information of participants in a call will be deleted from the recording and redacted from any transcripts.  The H2I study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board of Wilfrid Laurier University.  This approval was contingent that the study maintain confidentiality of all those who are recorded. 


WHO IS CONDUCTING THIS STUDY?

This study is conducted by Dr. Jeffrey P. Aguinaldo in the Department of Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University. 


HAS THIS STUDY RECEIVED RESEARCH ETHICS APPROVAL?

Yes.  This project has been reviewed and approved by the Wilfrid Laurier University Research Ethics Board (REB# 5773).  If you have any concerns about your participation in this study, you may contact Dr. Jayne Kalmar, Chair, University Research Ethics Board, Wilfrid Laurier University, jkalmar@wlu.ca (519) 884-0710, x2033.


CAN I FIND OUT THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY?

Yes.  This website will direct you to study findings once they become available. 


WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT YOU TO USE ONE OF THE RECORDINGS FOR THIS STUDY?

If, during or after a telephone call, you wish to exclude a recording, you are free to delete that recording from the recording device.  You are not obligated to submit any recordings you feel uncomfortable sharing.  You may also contact us and request that we not use any recordings that you may have already submitted to us.


IF I CHANGE MY MIND, OR AM NO LONGER ABLE TO PARTICIPATE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

You may withdraw from the study at any time.  Should this happen, you simply return the recording equipment to us once all recordings are deleted.


CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THIS STUDY IF MY FIRST LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISH?

Yes.  You are eligible to participate in the study if you are fluent in English.  All recordings must be in English.