Survey of Public Opinion about Human Taphonomy Facilities - Participant Information Sheet
1. Survey of public opinion on Human Taphonomy facilities to determine whether a UK based facility is a viable proposition.
A Human Taphonomic Facility (HTF) refers to a secure, outdoor research facility where forensic investigations can be conducted in to the decomposition process on human cadavers (bodies) in a variety of scenarios and settings. The aim of a project like this is not only to further scientific knowledge on how the decomposition process is affected by different environmental factors, but also to aid in the application of science when determining time since death and how an individual died in criminal cases.
2. Invitation paragraph.
You have been invited to participate as a member of the public who is over 18 years of age. We are trying to survey public opinion about Human Taphonomy Facilities.
3. Why are we doing this research?
The aim of this survey is to acquire the honest opinions of the general public in order to ascertain whether the development of such a facility in the UK is a viable proposition.
4. Why have I been invited to take part?
You have been asked to take part in this survey, as you are over the age of 18. It is hoped that you will be one of over 1,000 participants.
5. Do I have to take part?
No, your involvement in this study is totally voluntary. You may request that your details are withdrawn from the study at any time. You will presented with an informed consent section, by clicking the start button you confirm that you give your consent to participate. If you wish to withdraw, you do not have to give a reason.
6. What will happen to me if I take part?
You will be asked to complete a range of questions with various scales relating to Human Taphonomy Facilities. In total the survey should not take more than 20 minutes of your time. After your answers have been taken, they will be analysed anonymously and results will be recorded in a spreadsheet.
7. What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to complete a range of questions relating to Human Taphonomy Facilities. The questions/statements have a scale based answer system to help you give a more precise answer.
8. What will happen to my data?
All data that is collected will be kept anonymous during and after the study has been completed with only the researchers having access to the data. The data may be stored for up to 5 years after the completion of the study, in password-protected files, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. You may have your data removed at any time, without giving a reason.
9. What will happen to the results of the research study?
Once the results are collaborated and analysed using various statistical methods there is an intention to publish the results. If this happens, no identifying information will be included in the publication.
10.Who is organising the research?
This research if being supervised by Dr Anna Williams, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield. The University of Huddersfield has authorised this research.
11. What are the possible disadvantages of taking part?
Due to the nature of the Human Taphonomy and what it entails some people may feel uncomfortable when reading some of the questions/statements. Some of the questions may be confronting or challenging, particularly if you have suffered a recent bereavement. You do not have to complete any parts of the survey if you feel uncomfortable about them.
12. What are the possible benefits of taking part?
This results of the study will help give a much clearer indication of whether a UK based Human Taphonomy Facility is a viable proposition, which can ultimately help to increase our knowledge in the field of forensic science.
13. Contact details
Supervisor – Dr Anna Williams – email@example.com
By clicking on the start button you confirm that you consent to your participation.