Please read the following and complete the form at the bottom of this page.
Online Consent to Participate in a Research Study
You are being asked to participate in this research study because you are over the age of 18, live in New York City, and have reported difficulty with transportation and because you meet other demographic criteria to participate.
The purpose of this study is to test the effect of a transportation training and resource guide. Mobility behavior and survey responses will be compared before and after the training, and several months after the training. The goal is to see if there are changes in travel behaviors, awareness of information and resources, or attitudes about transportation because of the training.
If you agree to participate, we will ask you to:
- Take a preliminary 15-minute online survey.
- Complete an online training course that consists of 4 topic areas:
- accessible transportation options;
- navigation tips;
- financial supports for transportation;
- disability rights and transportation.
- Complete a 5-10 minute online survey after completing the online training course.
- Complete an additional 15-minute survey several months later.
Participation in this research study is expected to take 2 – 3 hours total over the course of three months (35-45 minutes for surveys and 60-90 minutes for the online training course).
Potential Risks or Discomforts
There are very few potential risks or discomfort associated with this study. Privacy concerns are a related research risk, which is why an email address or phone number is the only form of personally identifiable information associated with your survey answers. For help with any technical challenges, you can contact the Principal Investigator by email, [email protected], or by text or phone, 214-454-6298.
The research may improve travel survey methods. Data collected may contribute to knowledge about missing supports and inequalities in transportation and may be used for advocacy purposes in the future. Your input on the training will help develop informational resources to help other people with disabilities use public transportation in New York City.
Payment for Participation
You will be compensated $65 total for your participation in all phases of the study described above under the “Procedures” and “Time Commitment” sections. You will receive $40 for completing the initial survey and the online training and $10 for the follow-up survey administered after the training is complete (up to $50 sent as one payment). You will receive $15 for completing a final survey approximately 2 months after the online training. Payments will be made by PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, or by Amazon Gift Card. After reviewing your consent to participate in the study, you will be asked to submit the form below with your full name, mailing address to verify your place of residence, and payment account information. This information will not be stored with your location data or survey responses and will be used only for providing payments.
You will be notified about any new information regarding this study that may affect your willingness to participate in a timely manner.
A maximum of 100 participants will be enrolled in the study.
We will make our best efforts to maintain the confidentiality of any information that is collected during this research study, and that can identify you. We will disclose this information only with your permission or as required by law. We will protect your confidentiality by maintaining secure data storage and collecting minimal personally identifiable information. The research team, authorized CUNY staff, and government agencies that oversee this type of research may have access to research data and records in order to monitor the research. Research records provided to authorized, non-CUNY individuals will not contain identifiable information about you. Publications and/or presentations that result from this study will not identify you or contain your identifiable information.
Your participation in this research study is entirely voluntary. If you decide not to participate, there will be no penalty to you, and you will not lose any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. You will be compensated for the completion of each phase of the study, and you are welcome to end your participation at any time.
Questions, Comments or Concerns
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the research, you can talk to one of the following researchers:
Jessica Murray, Doctoral Student, Developmental PsychologyKristen Gillespie-Lynch, Faculty Advisor, Professor Developmental Psychology
If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or you have comments or concerns that you would like to discuss with someone other than the researchers, please call the CUNY Research Compliance Administrator at 646-664-8918 or email [email protected]. Alternately, you can write to:
CUNY Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research
Attn: Research Compliance Administrator
205 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017