Guidelines for Debriefing Form

During data collection, you are required to provide students with a debriefing form when they have completed your study. Follow these guidelines when creating a debriefing form. 

  1. The debriefing form should consist of a description of the debriefing procedures with specific information about how participation in the study and debriefing will enhance the educational experience of the participants. This requirement may be satisfied in one of two ways:
    1. Option 1) Include a copy of the debriefing form that will be distributed at the time of study completion. This form should include background information about theories and research that are relevant to the study and references for additional reading. This form will also serve as students' proof of participation, and students should be instructed to retain it for their own records. Prior to leaving the lab, students should sign and date the debriefing form in the presence of the investigator/research assistant. Then, the investigator/research assistant on duty should sign and date the form before students leave with it in their possession. This helps to protect against unauthorized duplication of the debriefing form for the purpose of academic misconduct. If students participate in a study online, please prompt them to a separate proof of participation survey that appears anytime that they exit your study. The proof of participation survey should consist of one item that requires them to type their name in a box and print the page as proof of participation. If you have questions about creating a proof of participation survey, please contact the PRP coordinator at spbsprp@uwf.edu.
    2. Option 2) Investigators who are concerned about contamination of the subject pool might prefer to delay providing written material until after data collection is complete. These investigators should describe the debriefing that will be given to participants before they leave the laboratory and the educational information that will be provided once data collection is complete. Describe the specific procedures that will be used to contact participants at the end of data collection to ensure that they receive the educational information. Educational information must be provided prior to the end of the semester in which the student participates in the research project. In this case, students should still be provided with a handout that serves as their proof of participation in the research study before leaving the lab. Prior to leaving the lab, students should sign and date the handout in the presence of the investigator/research assistant. Then, the investigator/research assistant on duty should sign and date the handout before students leave with it in their possession. This helps to protect against unauthorized duplication of the handout for the purpose of academic misconduct. If students participate in a study online, please prompt them to a separate proof of participation survey that appears anytime that they exit your study. The proof of participation survey should consist of one item that requires them to type their name in a box and print the page as proof of participation. If you have questions about creating a proof of participation survey, please contact the PRP coordinator at spbsprp@uwf.edu.
  2. The debriefing form must have a space for both participant and researcher signatures, as well as participation date.
  3. Instruct participants to retain this form for their records. Investigators should not accept photocopies of the debriefing forms as evidence of non-credited participation.

 

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For more information contact the PRP Coordinator at spbsprp@uwf.edu.

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