The final international core questionnaire consists of four parts: the questionnaire itself, three household charts intended to facilitate responses, a self-administered form intended to ensure respondent confidentiality, and cue cards intended to assist the respondent in choosing answers. The following are links to these core documents.
Achieving a common international core questionnaire has proven to be the single most challenging task of the project. Underlying the 61 page questionnaire are enumerable decisions on concepts and measures. Among the key elements contributing to a successful questionnaire development effort are the following:
There were 11 workshops over four years devoted largely to the task of questionnaire development. The following are links to summaries of each workshop.
We described the London workshop as a case study under our discussion of factors affecting the timing of reports and data files.
We included a reference to the Survey Topics in our concept discussion.
For details on questionnaire development, see Questionnaire Development History.
National Questionnaire Development Experiences:
ISER researchers brought to the project experience in survey research in Alaska on living conditions that started in 1975 with a collaborative project with the North Slope Borough. Examples of this research include:
Kruse, Jack, J. Kleinfeld, and R. Travis (1982) "Energy
Kruse, Jack, Stephen Braund, and Frank Andrews (1985) A
Social Indicators System for Monitoring OCS Impacts, Technical Report No.
116, Minerals Management
Kruse, Jack (1991) "
The Alaska team's role in the project has been to assist the international team and individual countries with technical expertise in survey research methods, web site development, and document handling.
The Alaska Native Management Board reviewed and approved questionnaire drafts prior to pilot testing, major international team workshops, and as a final instrument pior to fieldwork.
Once the questionnaire for Alaska was finalized, it was submitted to the University of Alaska's Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval. The IRB reviews all projects that involve human subjects, to ensure that the privacy and rights of those subjects are protected. In addition to the questionnaire, consent forms are developed and submitted to the IRB for review. The consent form explains the purpose of the research, the rights of the respondent, the potential benefits and harm from the research, who to contact for more information, and asks that the respondent acknowledge understanding and agreement by signing the form. SliCA had consent or assent forms for the respondent. If the respondent was a 16 or 17 year old (i.e. a minor and subject to special human subject protection measures) he or she signed an assent form while a parent or guardian signed a consent form. There were also consent and assent forms for a follow-up interview at some later time. Due to the sensitivity of the questions in the self-administered form, the IRB requested that we not ask 16 or 17 year olds to complete the self-administered form.
Please see the Alaska Questionnaire, Cover Sheet, and Consent Form links below:
Please see the Canadian APS/Arctic questionnaire link below:
Please see the Swedish questionnaire link below:
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