A study (working title – Migrant workers in Canada: Exploring Relationships and Communication) is seeking farm-owners, farm administrative workers, migrant advocacy and social services workers, who have experience with the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP), to participate in interviews conducted by Jane Clause, MA Candidate in the Communication Studies program at Carleton University (supervised by Dr. Irena Knezevic). This study aims to examine information-sharing practices among various stakeholders within SAWP. This study is interested in perspectives, experiences, and knowledge on how individuals involved with SAWP communicate important information with each other (for example, around health & safety, program requirements and processes, employer and employee rights and responsibilities, etc.).
This study involves one (approximately) 60-minute interview with a designated employee/ volunteer from your organization, that will take place in a mutually convenient, safe, and public location (phone/Skype is also available). With your consent, interviews will be audio-recorded (you may also choose to decline audio-recording). Once the recording has been transcribed, the audio-recording will be destroyed.
While this project does involve some professional risks, care will be taken to protect you and your organization’s identity. This will be done by keeping all responses anonymous and allowing you to request that certain responses not be included in the final project. However, please note that general job titles/descriptions (without corresponding names) may be included in the final project if the information is relevant to the results.
You will receive a copy of your transcripts so that you can review them for accuracy. You will have the right to end your participation in the study at any time, for any reason, up until two weeks after receiving a copy of your transcripts. If you choose to withdraw, all the information you have provided will be destroyed.
All research data, including audio-recordings and any notes will be password-protected. Any hard copies of data (including any handwritten notes or USB keys) will be kept in a locked cabinet at Carleton University. Physical copies will be destroyed after completion of the project. Research data will only be accessible by the researcher and the research supervisor.
The ethics protocol for this project was reviewed by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board, which provided clearance to carry out the research (clearance #111492). Clearance expires on: September 30, 2020. Details on how to contact the Carleton University Research Ethics Board with any concerns or questions will be provided upon official invitation to participate in the study.
If you would like to participate in this research project, or have any questions, please contact me at [email protected] or 1-226-931-4553