Engaging Parents in Research dataset
Faculty of Computing Health and Science
School or Research Centre
Child Health Promotion Research Centre
Edith Cowan University Research Online
Edith Cowan University
Western Australian Department of Education’s Behavioural Standards and Wellbeing Directorate
This dataset results from the "Engaging parents in research project" of the Child Health Promotion Research Centre at Edith Cowan University. In 2009, the data was collected from a convenience sample of 150 parents/carers of school aged children via intercept interviews at the Perth Royal Show. To be eligible to participate, parents/carers had to have children aged four to sixteen years old. Participants were asked for their opinions about the information they required to make informed decisions about their son/daughter’s involvement in low-risk research projects at school, and the best ways to communicate this information to them. The data collection contains a mixture of new qualitative and quantitative research data. Quantitative data includes gender, age, postcode, number and age of children. The qualitative data includes audio recordings of interviews conducted with parents/carers of school aged children. Quantitative data are stored as Excel and SPSS files. Qualitative data summaries are stored in Microsoft Word documents. This data from Western Australia may be used to maximise parent response rates to research information pertaining to their son/daughter. The qualitative nature of the data may provide insight to accompany more qualitative datasets.
Research was funded by Edith Cowan University, Healthway and the Western Australian Department of Education’s Behavioural Standards and Wellbeing Directorate.
Research Activity Title
Engaging Parents in Research Project
Research Activity Description
This research project from the Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC) at Edith Cowan University is investigating recent declines in survey response rates and strategies to improve them. The changing nature of school policy to mandate active consent procedures for all research activities will affect the quality of research outcomes and the capacity to secure funding for the development of proposals with well powered research methodologies. This project aims to investigate ethically sound and practical methods to improve response rates for the collection of research data. A key expected outcome is the identification of promising strategies to increase parental response rates.
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Current ethics approval for use of this data restricts use to the Engaging Parents in Research group. In the event that the data was made available for secondary analysis, it would be provided as de-identified data, and on the condition that it may not be re-published.
Contact The Child Health Promotion Research Centre at Edith Cowan University to determine access conditions.
Thomas, L. (2014). Engaging Parents in Research dataset. Edith Cowan University. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/datasets/6
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