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Research Consent

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Filling out this registration will enroll you in Sharing the Stories. We want to be part of your journey and help you tell your story confidentially. We will provide you feedback right away and for as long as you keep logging back in. You can come back whenever you want to see results and add more information.

We’ll ask you some questions about yourself first to set up your account. Then we’ll tell you more details about consent to the research we’ll be doing. We’ll explain how we will use and protect your information, and how we will keep your name and identity totally separate from any information you provide. In order to proceed, you will be asked to click a consent button. If you don’t click the consent button, all the information you provided about you, will not be saved and will not have been stored anywhere.

If you have any questions or concerns, write or call 1 (416) 597-8297.


About You

Your account is the first step in the registration process to become a part of the SCC network which provides you with access to event, program and research opportunities (through our Sharing the Stories (StS) platform). We’ll ask you some questions about yourself first to set up your account.

We work hard to protect your personal information; we do not share or sell it to anyone; it’s stored on encrypted servers in Canada. We use it to provide you with services like conferences, and we use anonymized data (no names or people connected to it) for our planning and evaluation.

We ask that you provide your birthdate to be precise about the ages of people using our programs and providing information. All other fields in the “About You” section are optional when creating an account with us, but any information you do choose to share supports us in ensuring our programs and events meet your needs. By filling out information in the “About You” section, you consent to the SCC to store that information for program and event purposes.

Through STS you can log back in and stay connected, see results, and apply for new things.

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Letter of Information and Consent

Study Title: Sharing the Stories

Name of Researchers: Nishad Khanna, The Students Commission of Canada,
Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University,
Dr. Heather Lawford, Department of Psychology, Bishop’s University,
Dr. Heather Ramey, Child and Youth Studies, Brock University

We are inviting participants in this program to take part in a research study called Sharing the Stories. Sharing the Stories examines how participants engage in this program. This research is led by the Students Commission of Canada, a national charitable organization that purposely works with others to help create a world where young people are valued and heard and their ideas for improving themselves, the lives of their peers and communities are put into action.

Why me?

You are being asked to participate because you are an expert in your experience; your voice helps us learn how programs impact participants, their communities and the systems they live in. We think this research is important because participants should have a say in the decisions and policies that directly affect their lives and well-being.

What are the risks?

Participation in this study is voluntary. There is no obligation for you to say yes to take part in this study. The risks of this study are minimal, namely that we may ask sensitive or personal questions. You don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to. You can stop participating at any time without penalty. If you experience any strong emotional responses to any material, please connect with your program staff or the Students Commission of Canada facilitator leading the data collection, who can connect you with supports. There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this study unless you are informed by your program staff or Students Commission facilitator that there is a budget for a small gift voucher honorarium of $25.

We will keep your data securely indefinitely. Your confidentiality will be protected to the extent possible by replacing your name with a unique code for all data and in all publications. The code list linking real names with unique codes will be stored separately and securely from the data. Other than the research team, only research assistants who have signed a Confidentiality Agreement will have access to any of the data.

There are three circumstances in which we may need to share your personal information with a third party. These are:
  • If you are under 16 years old and share that you are being abused or are currently at risk of being abused, the information must be reported to a local child welfare agency by law.
  • If you share that you are planning to harm yourself, we must get you help.
  • If you share that you have endangered the life of someone, or are about to do so, we have to contact the proper authorities.
The Queen’s General Research Ethics Board (GREB) may request access to study data to ensure that the research team is meeting their ethical obligations while conducting this study. GREB is bound by confidentiality and will not share any personal information. (Please note: GREB communicates in English only).

How will it work?

If you agree to participate, over the course of your participation in this program, you may have a number of different opportunities to share your voice.


You may be asked to complete a survey either on paper, on-line, through texting, or apps or social media on your phone. Depending on the number of surveys you are being asked to complete, this may take between 10 and 30 minutes. Your survey results will be added to the survey results of youth, young adults, and adults across the country and analyzed to identify trends and changes. No one will know how you answered any questions—your responses will be anonymized in the research. If you decide that you want to withdraw from the study, you can do so for three months after completing the study by contacting Nishad Khanna at

Focus groups and interviews:

You may be asked to participate in focus groups or interviews either in-person, on the phone, or via on-line/social media video conferencing (like Zoom). Focus groups and interviews may take between 30 and 90 minutes depending on the size of the group and degree of engagement, i.e., if more information/experiences are shared, the focus group may take longer. Focus groups and interviews may be transcribed by a SCC team member who has signed a confidentiality form. The transcripts will be analyzed for common themes and trends. We will include quotes from some of the focus groups/interviews when presenting our findings. However, we will never include any real names with quotes, and we will do our best to make sure quotes do not include information that could indirectly identify participants. During the interview or focus group, please let us know if you say anything you do not want quoted.

Please note that in focus groups, we can assure our own confidentiality, but we can’t guarantee that other participants will maintain confidentiality. Please consider this when you respond to questions.

You can withdraw consent for your interview from the study for three months after completing the study by contacting Nishad Khanna at; however, withdrawing consent for a focus group is not possible because we will not be able to identify your responses by voice or in the anonymized notes or transcription, or the removal of your responses may compromise another participant’s responses. You can request the removal of your quote from an evaluation or research report by contacting Nishad Khanna at

Arts-and activity-based methods:

You may be asked to participate in arts-and/or activity-based evaluation in-person, online or via social media (ex. Instagram posts). These arts- and/or activity-based evaluations may take between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the size of the group and the degree of engagement, i.e., if more individuals share their experiences, it will take longer. You can choose to allow all, parts, or none of your contributions for research use. Materials you create may be shared in reports; however, we will never include any real names with your art work.

We will take notes and/or audio record the discussion. Audio will be transcribed by a SCC team member who has signed a confidentiality form. The transcripts will be analyzed for common themes and trends. We will include quotes when presenting our findings. However, we will never include any real names with quotes, and we will do our best to make sure quotes do not include information that could indirectly identify participants. During the discussion, please let us know if you say anything you do not want quoted.

You may withdraw from the study for three months after completing the study by contacting Nishad Khanna at However, if any of your contributions are linked to group contributions (e.g. you helped create a collage from photographs, or something you said sparked group discussion), your contributions will be difficult to remove and may still be used.

We may be collecting information about you and how you identify, as well as your experiences in programming. We hope to publish the results of this study in academic journals and present them at conferences. All information will be presented at the group level. There will be no way to trace your responses directly to you—the data will be anonymized. This means your name will not be connected to any of your responses or the study in general.

This study has been reviewed for ethical compliance by the Queen’s University General Research Ethics Board (GREB). If you have any ethics concerns please contact the General Research Ethics Board (GREB) at 1-844-535-2988 (Toll free in North America) or

If you have any questions about the research, please contact Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba at or 613-533-3049 or Nishad Khanna at or 416-597-8297.

This Letter of Information provides you with the details to help you make an informed choice. All your questions should be answered to your satisfaction before you decide whether or not to participate in this research study.

Please note: You have not waived any legal rights by consenting to participate in this study.

Keep one copy of the Letter of Information for your records and/or find the Letter of Information on-line through the Sharing the Stories website.

Research Consent

The completion of the below indicates that you understand the above conditions of participation in this study and that you have had the opportunity to have your questions answered by the researchers. Please remember:

  • My participation is voluntary
  • I can withdraw my consent within 3 months of today
  • I can choose not to answer any questions if I do not want to
  • If I am over 12, I can give my own consent.

If I am under 12, I have included the email address (below) of my parent/guardian, and agree that they will be sent an email asking for their consent to have me participate in this program.

(Fill in only if you are under 12 and need their consent to participate.)

By selecting one of the following options, I am verifying that: I have read the Letter of Information and all of my questions have been answered.