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- All data for this doctoral dissertation will be collected and held confidentially.
- Both the Initial and Concluding surveys will be conducted confidentially to protect the participant and to foster an environment allowing each respondent to share his/her opinions in an honest manner. Therefore, within the Initial and Concluding survey instruments, identifying values that could otherwise be used to intentionally link the information to the participant will not be requested
- No participants will be personally identified in either the survey analysis or publication of Eric Weathers’ doctoral dissertation. Analysis of the survey information will be performed on the group level only to de-identify participants.
- Participants will be instructed to create an identifying code so their Initial and Concluding surveys can be cross-referenced with a compatible label. That code should consist of the last four digits of the subjects phone number and the last letter of the participant’s mother’s maiden name. If the participant elects, he/she could supply different numbers and letter, but with the expectation that the code is easy to recall and the same code is used for both surveys.
- The survey data will be stored on http secure SurveyMonkey servers until the publication of the resulting dissertation. Both the Initial and Concluding surveys will be deleted from the site before the subscription to SurveyMonkey is ended. The company’s security policy is on its official website