Maybe you are interested in having your school participate in our research, or maybe you consider giving permission for your child to participate in a study that will be carried out at his/her school. If so, we can imagine that you would like to have some more information about our project and the way we conduct our research.
Research as a purpose, conducted following official guidelines
First and foremost, it is important for you to know that our project only has scientific purposes: our studies are not commercially driven. Before we begin with our research, we always have to receive permission from the “Ethics Review Board” of the University of Amsterdam. This board judges whether the research we intend to conduct is in agreement with the Dutch ethical guidelines for social scientific research.
Consent: first from schools, then from parents/caretakers
When the Ethics Review Board approves of our study, we cannot yet start our research right away. At this point, we first make sure that schools who want to partake in our study get all necessary information about the study procedure. Only after the school board has officially agreed to participate in our research, we ask permission from parents/caretakers. We send them an e-mail with elaborate information about the goal and procedure of the study in question. We also make sure that parents/caretakers know exactly what will happen with their child’s research data, and in which way we guarantee the privacy of the children. A child can only participate in our research if both the school agrees to participate and the parents/caretakers have given their permission.