Participant Information Sheet
Participant Information Leaflet for interviewees
Research to inform the development of an employment relations model for Northern Ireland
Dr Sally Wright, Professor Chris Warhurst, Gaby Atfield, Beate Baldauf
You are invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide, you need to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. Please take the time to read the following information carefully. Talk to others about the study if you wish. Please ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.
A downloadable version of this information leaflet is available here:
Who is organising and funding the study?
The Northern Ireland Labour Relations Agency (LRA) has commissioned this piece of research.
What is the study about?
This research is intended to support the development of the new model of employment relations for Northern Ireland. The research will explore: the dynamics of industrial/employment relations in Northern Ireland, and elsewhere and their impact on economic outcomes, including productivity, and, from this analysis develop an exemplar model of employment relations for Northern Ireland that enables its economy to flourish. This model is intended to shape policy and encourage social dialogue at the policy level.
What would taking part involve?
If you are happy to take part after reading this information sheet, please fill in the questions on this webpage and submit the form. Your telephone number or skype address will be requested for the interview but this will not be passed on to any third parties and will be kept securely in a password-protected folder at the University of Warwick for the purposes of the research. We will then contact you to arrange a telephone interview to ask you about your views on employment relations in Northern Ireland and the opportunities and barriers that exist to the development and implementation of an employment relations model for Northern Ireland. The researcher will call you on the date and time agreed. The interview should last around 40 minutes and will be audio-recorded if you agree (if you would prefer not to be audio-recorded, just let us know beforehand and the interviewer will take notes during the interview).
What are the possible benefits of taking part in this study?
The report will be used by LRA to influence policies to make the Northern Ireland labour market more inclusive and productive.
What are the possible disadvantages, side effects or risks, of taking part in this study?
There are no anticipated risks to you as a research participant.
Expenses and payments
There will be no payment for taking part in the telephone interview.
Will my taking part be kept confidential?
Yes. We will follow strict ethical and legal practice and all information about you will be handled in confidence. All data from the recording and/or summarised notes will be psuedonymised and will be stored securely in a password-protected folder at Warwick University (all participants will be given a pseudonym or sequence number for the purposes of reporting, and any identifying information removed to ensure confidentiality). All contact details and consent forms will be safely stored and then destroyed securely. Only the researchers will have access to the data. No interview data will be transferred outside of the University.
If during the course of the interview you disclose anything which may highlight harm to you or to others, the interviewers have a duty of care to report this to the relevant authorities, but otherwise, your confidentiality will be maintained throughout.
Direct quotes may be used in the report but these will not identify you in any way.
What will happen to the data collected about me?
As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, such as this, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study.
We will be using information from you in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. We are committed to protecting the rights of individuals in line with data protection legislation. The University of Warwick will destroy telephone contact details immediately after the end of the project. Consent information will be kept securely for 10 years after the study has finished.
Research data will be pseudononymised as quickly as possible after data collection. This means all direct and indirect identifiers will be removed from the research data and will be replaced with a participant number. The key to identification will be stored separately and securely to the research data to safeguard your identity. It will be possible for us to withdraw your data up to 3 weeks after the data has been collected and this data will then be securely destroyed if you wish us to do so.
Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. The University of Warwick has in place policies and procedures to keep your data safe.
This data may also be used for future research following review and approval by an independent Research Ethics Committee and subject to your consent at the outset of this research project.
Please refer to the University of Warwick Research Privacy Notice which is available here: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/idc/dataprotection/privacynotices/researchprivacynotice or by contacting the Information and Data Compliance Team at GDPR at warwick dot ac dot uk.
What will happen if I don’t want to carry on being part of the study?
Participation is entirely voluntary, and a decision to withdraw participation from the study without giving a reason, will not affect you in any way. If you decide to withdraw from the study, please tell us before the interview and we will destroy your contact details securely and will not contact you again for the purposes of this research.
It will not be possible to withdraw your data once a draft report has been produced (end of March 2020). To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible and keep the data secure in line with the University’s Information and Data Compliance policies.
What will happen to the results of the study?
The results of the study will be published in a final report to the LRA. The LRA is responsible for the publication of the final report but we would anticipate that all participants will be sent a copy, if they wish.
Who has reviewed the study?
This study has been reviewed and given favourable opinion by the University of Warwick’s Humanities and Social Science Research Ethics Committee (HSSREC).
Who should I contact if I want further information?
If you have any questions about any aspect of the study, or your participation in it, not answered by this participant information sheet, please contact:
g dot j dot atfield at warwick dot ac dot uk
Who should I contact if I wish to make a complaint?
Any complaint about the way you have been dealt with during the study or any possible harm you might have suffered will be addressed. Please address your complaint to the person below, who is a senior University of Warwick official entirely independent of this study:
Head of Research Governance
Research & Impact Services
University of Warwick
Email: researchgovernance at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: 024 76 522746
If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer, who will investigate the matter: DPO at warwick dot ac dot uk.
If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Thank you for taking the time to read this Participant Information Leaflet