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Oral Consent

These examples require a waiver of documentation of consent (i.e., signatures) and some examples require waivers of specific elements of consent (e.g. statement of benefit or explicit statement of contact information). In most cases, contact information must be available for communication if a respondent inquires about it.


RDD Telephone Survey - Generic


Hello, my name is _________.  I'm calling on behalf of [INSERT SPONSOR].  We're conducting a nationwide survey to find out [INSERT GENERAL TOPIC INFORMATION].  Your telephone number has been selected at random to be included in the study.  Am I speaking to someone who lives in this household who is over 17 years old?

[RESPONDENT SELECTION – REPEAT INTRO IF NECESSARY]

Before we get to questions about [GENERAL TOPIC INFORMATION], I'd like you to know that your answers will be kept strictly private, as required by [institution/legislation/certificate of confidentiality/etc.].  Your participation in this research is voluntary.  You may choose not to answer any question you don't want to answer or stop at any time without penalty.  The survey will take about ___ minutes.  In order to evaluate my performance, my supervisor may record and listen as I ask the questions.  If you have questions about the study, I would be happy to provide a phone number for you to call to get more information.  I'd like to continue now unless you have any questions.

 

RDD - Generic with Potential for Follow-Up


Hello, my name is _________.  I'm calling on behalf of [INSERT SPONSOR]. We're conducting a nationwide survey to find out [INSERT GENERAL TOPIC INFORMATION]. Your telephone number has been selected at random to be included in the study.  Am I speaking to someone who lives in this household who is over 17 years old?

[RESPONDENT SELECTION – REPEAT INTRO IF NECESSARY]

Before we get to questions about [GENERAL TOPIC INFORMATION], I'd like you to know that your answers will be kept strictly private, as required by [institution/legislation/certificate of confidentiality/etc.].  Your participation in this research is voluntary. You may choose not to answer any question you don't want to answer or stop at any time without penalty. The survey will take about ___ minutes. In some cases depending on your answers we might wish to complete a follow-up interview with you. In order to evaluate my performance, my supervisor may record and listen as I ask the questions. If you have questions about the study, I would be happy to provide a phone number for you to call to get more information.  I'd like to continue now unless you have any questions.

 

RDD Telephone Survey of Public Policy Issues


[INTRO 1]
Hello, I’m (your name), calling from [INSERT UNIVERSITY OR ORGANIZATION] to conduct a short scientific interview.  The [SPONSOR], a state committee of citizens and officials that works to improve state government, has asked us to gather input from a sample of residents on current issues of special importance to the state.  Before we begin the interview...

1.   Is this (telephone number)?          
      1=Yes
      2=No

2.   Is this a residential telephone number?    
      1=Yes
      2=No

3.   Your household has been chosen randomly to be included in this study.  In order to determine who we need to interview from your household, I need to know how many adults, age 18 or older, live in your household.
[        ] ADULTS   >   IF SINGLE PERSON HOUSEHOLD SAY: 

Then you are the person I need to speak with. [GO TO CONFIDENTIALITY PARAGRAPH]

4.   Please tell me the age and sex of the adult who had the most recent birthday.
[            ]

5.     1=Same respondent   [ALREADY SPEAKING TO SELECTED RESPONDENT, SAY:

Then you are the person I need to speak with. [GO TO CONFIDENTIALITY PARAGRAPH]
 
2=Someone else

6.   May I speak to that person?

1=RESPONDENT COMING TO PHONE   [GOTO INTRO 2]
2=NOT AVAILABLE, SCHEDULE CALLBACK

[INTRO 2]
Hello, I’m (your name), calling from [INSERT UNIVERSITY OR ORGANIZATION] to conduct a short scientific interview.  The [SPONSOR], a state committee of citizens and officials that works to improve state government, has asked us to gather input from a sample of residents on current issues of special importance to the state. 

[CONFIDENTIALITY PARAGRAPH - READ TO SELECTED RESPONDENT]

For most people, the interview lasts about 10 minutes, depending on how much they want to express their opinions. If this is a good time, I would like to conduct the interview with you now.  Your participation is completely voluntary and confidential. We do not have your full name or address and will not ask for them. If you have questions about the study, I would be happy to provide a phone number for you to call to get more information.  If I come to any question you do not wish to answer, just let me know.
 

 

RDD Telephone Survey: Cell Phone Sample

 
 
Hello, I am _____ calling on behalf of [INSERT SPONSOR/ORGANIZATION]. We are conducting a telephone opinion survey for leading newspapers and TV stations around the country. I know I am calling you on a cell phone.  This is not a sales call.  As a token of our appreciation for your time, we will pay all eligible respondents $5 for participating in this survey [IF R SAYS DRIVING/UNABLE TO TAKE CALL: Thank you. We will try you another time…].
 
SCREENING INTERVIEW:

S1.  Are you under 18 years old, OR are you 18 or older?
1 Under 18
2 18 or older
9 Don’t know/Refused

 
IF S1=2, CONTINUE WITH CONSENT
The interview is voluntary and will take about 15 minutes.  There are no foreseeable risks to participation and no direct benefits to you.  Your responses will be confidential and no identifying information will be stored with your answers.  If you have questions about the study or your rights, I can provide contact information to you.

IF S1=1,9 THANK AND TERMINATE: This survey is limited to adults age 18 and over.  I won’t take any more of your time…
 
READ TO ALL CELL PHONE
INTRODUCTION TO MAIN INTERVIEW: If you are now driving a car or doing any activity requiring your full attention, I need to call you back later.
 
The first question is…
 
INTERVIEWER:
IF R SAYS IT IS NOT A GOOD TIME, TRY TO ARRANGE A TIME TO CALL BACK.  OFFER THE TOLL-FREE CALL-IN NUMBER THEY CAN USE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY BEFORE ENDING THE CONVERSATION.