Engaging Parents in Research dataset

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Edith Cowan University Research Online


Faculty of Computing Health and Science

School or Research Centre

Child Health Promotion Research Centre


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.

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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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