Unemployed Social Networks

Client: University of Wollongong

Unemployed Social Networks is a research study aiming to investigate how unemployed people use personal networks such as friends, families and employment services to look for work. The University of Wollongong (UoW) wants to understand which of these connections are the most useful, and plan to use this information to potentially improve unemployment policies and services in Australia. If you have been contacted by the Social Research Centre in regards to this study and would like to take part, or would like more information, please call 1800 023 040 and quote Project Number 2120.

To download a printable version of the Participant Information Statement, please click the link to the PDF document at the bottom of this page , or refer below for the information.

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You are invited to take part in a research study about how unemployed people use personal networks (such as friends, families and employment services) to look for work. We want to understand which of these connections are the most useful. We plan to use this information to potentially improve unemployment policies and services in Australia.

To find out about what the study involves, please read this information carefully and ask any questions that you have.

Participation in this research study is voluntary. You can download a copy of this Participant Information Statement to keep.

The study is being coordinated by the following researchers:

This study is being funded by the Australian Research Council and CoAct.

The telephone survey is being carried out by the Social Research Centre www.srcentre.com.au, which is part of the Australian National University. You can read their privacy statement here: www.srcentre.com.au/privacy

The study involves completing a short (10min) telephone survey that will be audiotaped with your consent. You will be asked questions about your experiences looking for work, and about your friendships and social networks. Your answers will be kept anonymous.

Only the researchers will have access to your survey recording and answers.

The survey will take approximately 10mins. The exact duration will depend on the length of your answers.

To participate in this study, you must:

  • Be at least 18yrs old, and
  • Be confident communicating in English.

You do not have to take part in this study. You will not be penalised in any way if you choose not to participate.

You can stop the telephone survey at any time. You can also choose not to answer any questions that you don’t want to answer.

Your answers will be anonymous. This means that you cannot withdraw from the study after you have completed the survey, as we will be unable to identify your responses to delete them.

There are no costs associated with being in the study.

There is some risk of emotional discomfort because we will be asking about things like your experiences of looking for work, but you don’t have to answer any questions that you don’t want to and you can stop the telephone call at any time.

We cannot guarantee that the study findings will benefit you directly, but we hope the research findings will help government and employment services to better assist people who are looking for work.

During your survey, we will collect information about your social networks, your experiences looking for work, and your sense of wellbeing. The audio from your telephone call will be recorded, but this recording will be used for analysis only.

Only the researchers will have access to your interview recording. All answers will be kept anonymous. Study findings may be published or used in conference presentations, but no one will be able to identify you from these findings.

We will keep the information we collect for this study for 5yrs, and we may use it in future projects. By providing your consent you are allowing us to use your information in future projects. At the end of 5yrs, the interview recordings will be erased and any notes or transcript will be shredded.

Yes.

If you have questions now or at any point during the study, please contact one of the researchers listed under Question 2.

If you wish, we can send you a summary of the study findings when we complete the research study. If you would like us to do this please email one of the researchers listed in Question 2.

Research involving humans in Australia is reviewed by an independent group of people called a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the HREC of the University of Sydney (protocol number 2016/440). As part of this process, we have agreed to carry out the study according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). This statement has been developed to protect people who agree to take part in research studies.

If you are concerned about the way this study is being conducted or you wish to make a complaint to someone independent from the study, please contact the university using the details outlined below. Please quote the study title and protocol number.

The Manager, Ethics Administration, University of Sydney:

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