A few months ago, Jessica Pooley, a graduate student and prepper, contacted me regarding some help with a survey that will help her conclude her studies in Leadership Studies. The focus of her research paper is “to determine the effectiveness of “prepping”, identifying opportunities for rural communities to be self-sufficient and therefore more resilient post-disaster, and ultimately creating a recommendation for rural communities to develop disaster preparedness plans.”
Pooley’s paper and survey requires feedback specific from preppers who experienced a disaster scenario/event.
I appreciate that Pooley is using the world of academia to shed light on Preparedness. I also appreciate that she will share her results with us when she completes her research.
To access the survey – click here.
For those of you who are curious, but would like some more info on what is required, here are some FAQ’s that Pooley has included in her introduction before the survey.
Why is this study being done? Although “prepping” has been highlighted in popular media, in many cases it still has a stigma attached to it. Individuals who practice preparedness are often generalized as doomsayers, hoarders and paranoid. Careful and responsible disaster preparedness can be the difference between life and death. In rural communities with limited emergency response resources, preparedness may be essential.
Who will be in this study? The blog you have subscribed to here has give us permission to provide this survey to you, because they understand the importance of disaster preparedness. Because you subscribe, we assume you understand the importance of preparedness as well. We are only interested in participants over the age of 18 and are particularly interested in participants who have experienced a disaster so we can truly gauge the effectiveness of your prepping habits.
What will I be asked to do? The survey is only 34 questions and should take between 30-35 minutes to complete. Surveys will be open until February 28, 2014. All survey results will be collected and analyzed, and results will be made available before March 31, 2014 to the blog where you found the survey.
What are the possible risks of taking part in this study? There are no risks to taking part in this study. The survey is completely anonymous and is administered by a third party survey system that only provides answers to the questions for analysis. Your decision to participate or not participate does not have any effect on your relationship with the blog that has provided the survey to you.
What are the possible benefits of taking part in this study? There are no direct benefits to participants, however your contributions may help the prepping movement overall.
What will it cost me? There is no cost to participate in this survey.
How will my privacy be protected? This survey is designed to be anonymous, please do not include any information anywhere on the survey that may individually indentify you or anyone else. Data will be kep confidential. The data will be securely kept electronically after it is collected. The only people who have access to the data are the principle investigator and faculty advisor. Once the study is complete, the data will be destroyed. The results of the project will be provided to all blog site hosts who have agreed to offer the survey to subscribers. In addition, it will be included in the thesis project paper for the principle investigator. While there are no immediate plans to publish results, it is the goal to eventually have the results published.
What are my rights as a research participant? Your participation is voluntary.
To access the survey – click here.
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