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Your day-to-day life in the ACT – Online survey with great prizes

By Lean_OBrien - 18 May 2012 31

Want to win an iPad? Or a gift voucher? Or maybe just help out with research on Canberra? 

An online survey about day-to-day life, health and wellbeing in the ACT will be open 16th-31st of May. It is funded by ACT Health and is being run by researchers at both The Australian National University and The University of Canberra. We are hoping to get a diverse range of people taking the survey so that we have a real picture of what people in the ACT do with their time, and how they feel about it.

Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/surveyact

The survey is open  to all people over 18 in the ACT. It takes about 30 minutes and you can go into a draw to win one of these 46 great prizes:

 3    Apple iPads (16GB, Wi-Fi, 4G)

 8    $300 Canberra Centre vouchers

15   $200 Coles Myer gift cards 

20   $100 Amazon.com vouchers                 

Surveycontact@anu.edu.au

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31 Responses to
Your day-to-day life in the ACT – Online survey with great prizes
Myles Peterson 10:28 am 20 May 12

Cheers for the responses, Lean. You haven’t addressed the issue I raised.

What are the safeguards to ensure http://www.qualtrics.com/ deletes the information? Can you guarantee Qualtrics, or their employees, won’t misuse the information?

You’re not the only Canberra outfit to use prizes to entice people to give up private details to off-shore outfits. One unconscionable mob are targeting children. I’m a bit surprised the ANU ethics committee would allow this.

Would you consider using in-house run survey tools rather than foreign companies? I’d be happy to help research some open source solutions and/or we can ask our friendly Riot-Act community for help.

Lean_OBrien 10:02 am 20 May 12

At the end of the survey, there is an option to go into the prize draw. People who select this option are then asked to provide some sort of contact details. Astrojax, if something went wrong for you could you send a description of what happened directly to surveycontact@anu.edu.au?

astrojax 10:52 pm 19 May 12

…and how do you know who i am or how to contact me to alert me to my prize, should i be selected? the thing just finished and said thanks for completing… is it stalking me?

wildturkeycanoe 5:37 pm 19 May 12

Totally lame survey, in terms of privacy etc. Just do it folks, nothing to fear, it’s easy as never…rarely…sometimes….often….always…..

I-filed 4:18 pm 19 May 12

Lean_OBrien said :

We are using standard practice to protect people’s privacy as advised, monitored, and approved by the ANU, and in line with the NHMRC National Guidelines on research. More details are provided in the information sheet on the front page of the survey itself.

I don’t wish to carp, but your front page only refers to a “detailed information sheet”. To be fully in keeping with the guidelines your link should be labelled explicitly on that front page to privacy info. Preferably a link to just the privacy info. I appreciate that you may not be being deliberately dishonest, but you aren’t exhibiting best practice here.

Lean_OBrien 1:58 pm 19 May 12

We are using standard practice to protect people’s privacy as advised, monitored, and approved by the ANU, and in line with the NHMRC National Guidelines on research. More details are provided in the information sheet on the front page of the survey itself.

I-filed 1:18 pm 19 May 12

Lean_OBrien said :

One more thing: You do NOT get bumped from the draw for being connected to ANU, University of Canberra and/or ACT Health. It’s just to get an idea of the participant demographics.

You haven’t clarified the privacy issue, sorry. UC and ANU both have stringent privacy declaration policies regarding surveys. An ethics committee may have cleared this process, but they will have assumed you will post the privacy information appropriately. Sorry, but this makes you look unprofessional and I’m surprised you are getting away with it!

Lean_OBrien 11:40 am 19 May 12

One more thing: You do NOT get bumped from the draw for being connected to ANU, University of Canberra and/or ACT Health. It’s just to get an idea of the participant demographics.

Lean_OBrien 11:35 am 19 May 12

HI guys, thanks for your comments. A few responses:

Myles Peterson: It’s an important issue and I-filed is right: our research has been reviewed and approved by an ANU ethics committee. Only two researchers at the ANU have access to the data & to the contact list. Once the prize draw is completed the list will be deleted. The prize draw is conducted by a third party – it’s all above board and covered in the terms & conditions and information sheets linked on the survey page.

I-filed: So far this is not happening. I wasn’t sure what would happen, but so far the vast majority of people are doing the whole thing and many are giving considered responses in the open comment boxes too.

Dungfungus: In fairness to ACT Health, I selected the prizes.

Ben_Dover: Thanks anyway for giving it a go.

Solidarity: Ha! I laughed out loud at this.

I-filed 8:59 pm 18 May 12

Myles Peterson said :

What are the privacy safeguards?

Would be handy to know when enticing people into giving their personal details to some mob in Utah.

Good point. I would think this contravenes ANU policies.

Myles Peterson 6:14 pm 18 May 12

What are the privacy safeguards?

Would be handy to know when enticing people into giving their personal details to some mob in Utah.

I-filed 5:09 pm 18 May 12

Um what makes you think people won’t race through the survey just to enter the draw? (And don’t say it’s because of the “trick/check” questions – they’re easily spotted and made correct.) I would say at least half your respondents will do just that.

I’m assuming that people who tick that they are associated with ANU and ACT Health get bumped out of the draw. Would be good to let people know in advance!

dungfungus 5:04 pm 18 May 12

If the prizes were more useful, tasteful and supported Canberra businesses 100% I would participate.
Why can’t ACT Health give “healthy” prizes like vouchers for F & V (real apples) at the Fyshwick Markets? There is nothing “healthy” about Apple iPods.

Ben_Dover 4:37 pm 18 May 12

Started it, got halfway through, got bored, dropped out.

Solidarity 3:23 pm 18 May 12

I am posting on the RiotACT

…and this suits me well.

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