Principal Investigator: Aaron Halliday, M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate
Thank you for your interest in this study of team dynamics, relationships, experiences, and outcomes. We are asking entire teams to participate in this line of research to investigate how group experiences and relationships are associated with various outcomes.
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information required for you to make informed decisions regarding participation in this research. We ask that you read this letter fully before deciding whether or not to proceed with the study.
The purpose of this study is to examine how group dynamics, experiences, and relationships are associated with various outcomes as a means to better understand how individuals interact together and proceed toward achieving their team goals, and (by extension) how they are impacted by their work together. Therefore we ask that all participants currently be involved with some sort of team or workgroup (for sport, recreational, or work purposes) before completing the survey. We also ask that each member of the entire team participates in this study. Additionally, as all participants will be expected to complete questionnaires written in the English language, we also ask that all participants be able to fluently communicate in the written form of the English language. Finally, you must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this study. If you do not meet these stated requirements, you are ineligible to participate in this line of research and will be excluded from participation (and following reimbursement) from the study.
Throughout the completion of this study you will be asked to complete a questionnaire battery administered over the period of approximately 45 to 60 minutes. This questionnaire battery will assess experiences and relational dynamics within the team or workgroup, the team or workgroup composition itself, and behaviours of individual team members. The survey will also include questions about demographic information such as biological sex and age.
Your responses will remain confidential and will be used for research purposes only. Your name will not be associated in any way with the information that you provide. All contact information will be kept confidential and will be destroyed after your participation in the study has terminated. All information will be kept in a secure, locked location where only persons conducting this research will have access. All electronic data will be temporarily stored on a secure server and (encrypted) working copies of this data will only be made to perform the required analysis at the end of the study.
Each member of the team will be compensated individually upon completion of the study as per the terms outlined in the advertisement that led you to this letter of information. Each team member will only be awarded compensation once for participation in this study regardless of repeated instances of participation. The risks involved in participating in this study appear to be minimal and are associated with self-reflection that may occur while completing questionnaires. However, it does not appear to be beyond that of everyday life experience. In the extremely unlikely event that you do feel the need to contact someone for support during or after your involvement in this study please log on to http://www.yourlifecounts.org/need-help/crisis-lines to find local distress line that you can contact for further assistance. Your participation and involvement in this study is entirely voluntary.
Participants may benefit from the study by engaging in somewhat enlightening introspective self-evaluation and team-evaluation that may be inspired via the completion of self-report questionnaires. This insight may prove useful for the development and coaching of teams and may prove useful for performance and goal achievement if acted upon. Society may benefit from this research by developing a more thorough understanding of the subject being studied.
Completion of the surveys indicates your consent to participate in this research. You will also receive a letter of information providing additional information about this study upon completion.
All analyses will be conducted using aggregated data, not individual responses. If the results are published your name will not be used. Your responses are private and confidential. If you would like to receive a copy of any potential results or if you have any questions or concerns please email Aaron Halliday ( ).
Thank you very much for your time and interest,
Aaron Halliday M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Psychology
University of Western Ontario