Informed Consent

Tools for Informed Consent in Participant Research and Creative Projects

There are various tools for researchers to use to guide the process of designing an informed consent process. The following templates and checklist are provided by the Emily Carr University Research Ethics Board as guidelines. Be mindful that your research needs to be defined clearly in an informed consent process --from invitation through to publication of results.  Therefore, you will need to adjust the content of these documents to accurately describe your activities. They can be re-designed to meet your participants' communication needs and expectations.  These templates provide the minimum requirements only.

INVITATION / CONSENT FORM TEMPLATE 201.3, 201.4 - Use these templates to build a form that introduces your research project and then documents the consent of the participants to be involved in the described project. If the participants are under the age of majority (younger than 19 years of age in the Province of BC), or if they are otherwise under guardianship, use TEMPLATE 201.4.

TEMPLATE 201.3.doc

TEMPLATE 201.4.doc

RELEASE AGREEMENT TEMPLATE 201.5 - To document the release of permission by the participant for photographs, digital images, video, audio recordings, or other identifiable information about them or their property, use a form based on these templates. In research projects that make public any of the above listed materials this Release Agreement is used alongside the Consent Form. If the research project does not make public any identifiable information (i.e. if all of the publically available data is completely annonymous), this form is not necesary. A modification of these forms may also be used in non-research projects in which identifiable information is made public, such as documentary film or photography-based artoworks, for example. If the participants are under the age of majority (younger than 19 years of age in the Province of BC), or if they are otherwise under guardianship, follow the instructions outlined in the Template Release Provision for Minors or Others Under Guardianship.

TEMPLATE 201.5.doc

INFORMED CONSENT FOR ON-LINE SURVEYS TEMPLATE 201.7 - This template offers instruction on how to construct an on-line survey preamble. It can be used with on-line tools like surveys as well as other data collection tools.


For more specific information about managing privacy with digital technologies and electronic devices, this handbook from the BC Civil Liberties Association might be helpful - 2012-BCCLA-Report-Electronic-Devices-Handbook.pdf

INFORMED CONSENT CHECKLIST - If you are not using one of the templates (above), review Chapter 3, TCPS2 to ensure that your consent materials comply with the standards described.