You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully. Please feel free to discuss it with others, and ask if anything is unclear or if you would like more information.
Who is conducting the research? The research is being conducted by Professor Alison Stenning and Playing Out. Alison is a geographer at Newcastle University, but she also closes her own street in North Shields for play and is involved in developing playing out in North Tyneside. Playing Out is the national organisation supporting play streets and the parent-led street play movement.
What is the study about? The project is trying to find out more about what happens to everyday relationships between neighbours on streets where there are organised street play sessions. The aim is to explore ideas about neighbourliness, belonging and community and how these relate to the opportunity for children to play out in their streets. We are particularly hoping to record and assess the impact of regular playing out on the potential for building connections to alleviate loneliness.
Why have I been invited to participate? Because you are involved in some way in playing out, either as an organiser or as a participant on your street.
What does my participation entail? You are invited to complete an online questionnaire about your experiences of street play sessions. The questionnaire takes around 20 minutes to complete. Please do try to complete all the questions, but do not be concerned if you wish to skip some questions.
What will you do with the information I provide? The responses will be used by Playing Out to understand and promote the play streets model more widely and also in Alison Stenning’s research on street play and everyday relationships, helping to build the evidence base to make the case for play streets with councils, government, housing associations and other organisations.
This responses will help us to update the findings from a survey carried out in 2016/17. That survey supported Playing Out's development over the last few years and the key results can be found here.
Will my involvement be kept confidential? Yes. Data will be stored securely at Newcastle University for the duration of the project. Any details which might make your responses easily identifiable - your name, your street, for example - will not be used in work relating to this research. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure your anonymity, it is important to point out that the nature of some of your comments and answers may reveal your identity.
What happens if I decide not to take part or change my mind? Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time without giving a reason.
Who has reviewed the research? The research has been reviewed and approved by Newcastle University’s Research Ethics Committee.
Further Information If you have any concerns or would like to discuss your participation further, you can contacted Alison by email email@example.com or telephone 0191 208 8017 or Alice at Playing Out by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0117 953 7167.