Census of Technical Communicators


Information and Consent Form

You are being invited to participate in the online survey:

Study Title: Census of Technical Communication Professionals

Researcher: Saul Carliner (Concordia University)  

Researcher’s Contact Information:

Saul Carliner

Phone: 514-848-2424 ext.2038

E-mail: saul.carliner@concordia.ca

Partner for the study: Society for Technical Communication

Before presenting the survey, we want to explain what participating means. Please read this page carefully before deciding if you want to participate or not. If there is anything you do not understand, or if you want more information, please ask the researcher.

A.  PURPOSE

Sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication, the largest professional organization in North America serving people in the field, this “census” specifically explores these issues:  

  • Your background, including your educational background and previous positions
  • Your current job: your job title, the characteristics of the organization in which you work, reporting relationships, types of projects on which you work, tools used in your work, and processes  
  • Satisfaction in your career in technical communication and current position.
  • Your professional development efforts (if any)

The survey takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. 

The results of this study will be published in Intercom, the magazine of the STC. More in-depth analyses will be published in academic journals and might also be presented at future events sponsored by STC and other organizations.

B.  PROCEDURES

If you participate, you will be asked to take an online survey. We have designed the survey to be completed in 20 to 30 minutes.

C.  RISKS AND BENEFITS

The results, which are intended to be published in the December 2018 issue of Intercom, the magazine of the Society for Technical Communication, can provide technical communicators with information that can help them assess the extent to which their own work situations and backgrounds are similar to—or differ from—those of others working in the field.

More broadly, the research partner, STC, can use this information to better tailor its professional development offerings and other programming to the needs, interests, plans, and concerns of the field. 

D. CONFIDENTIALITY

The information gathered will be anonymous. That means that it will not be possible to make a link between you and the information you provide.

The research team will protect the information by storing the data collected in a password protected files. Only the researcher will have access to the files.

We might publish the results of the research. However, it will not be possible to identify you in the published results.

F.   CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

You do not have to participate in this research. It is purely your decision. If you do participate, you can stop at any time. Because we do not collect identifying information and will not be able to identify your response, we will not be able to remove your response from the data set. 

There are no negative consequences anticipated for not participating or stopping in the middle.

As an incentive to complete the census: When you compIete the entire survey, you will have the opportunity to have your name entered in a draw for one of 120 a $10 Amazon gift certificate. Like participation in this survey, participation in the draw is voluntary. To participate, you will need to provide your name and e-mail address. This information will be kept separately from your responses, so the researchers will not be able to link your responses with your name and contact information.

G. AGREEMENT TO PARTICIPATE

If you have questions about the scientific or scholarly aspects of this research, please contact the researcher.

If you have concerns about ethical issues in this research, please contact the Manager, Research Ethics, Concordia University, 514.848.2424 ex. 7481 or oor.ethics@concordia.ca.