Somerville and Boston Area Chicken Keeper Questionnaire
Please complete the following questionnaire using as much time as you need. On average, it should not take you more than 10 minutes. You are able to leave blank any questions you do not want to answer. If you have any clarifying questions, please contact Sydney Giacalone at or 434-825-5406. Thank you for your participation!
Please indicate your consent to participate in the questionnaire by selecting one of the boxes below. I will keep all information you give anonymous or given a pseudonym, unless you indicate permission to be quoted by name.
STUDY TITLE: Urban Chicken Keeping and Transformational Food Relationships in Somerville, Massachusetts. PURPOSE AND DURATION: The purpose of this research is to investigate the space Somerville urban chicken keepers are creating for themselves and their community to enact new forms of relationships with food. The goal is to understand who is participating in this practice, what relationships with the community, government, animals, and food are forming, and how Somerville’s emergent food relationships might gesture towards a community-led and many-species vision of what a 21st century urban food system might look like. The research will take place between May 2016 and August 2016. PROCEDURES: Sydney Giacalone will distribute a hard copy or digital link of the research questionnaire to the participant. The questionnaire will ask about the participant’s experience raising chickens and their demographic characteristics. The participant will have as much time as needed to complete the questionnaire and will be able to leave blank any questions they do not wish to answer. The questionnaire will take an average of 5 to 10 minutes to complete. The participant will then return the questionnaire in hard copy or submit the digital link to Sydney. RISKS: The only potential risks foreseen in this study involve sharing of information about individual chicken-keeping practices. All data from questionnaires with chicken keepers will be kept anonymous, presented as an aggregate, or presented pseudonymously unless express permission to quote by name has been given. BENEFITS: No direct benefits are anticipated, but the project will contribute to the production of knowledge around urban food system reform, community-led food production, and the growth of urban animal relationships in the 21st century. PARTICIPATION: Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you may choose to withdraw at any time. CONFIDENTIALITY: The researcher will present data anonymously or pseudonymously rather than quoting participants by name unless express permission to do so has been given or the participant is speaking on official behalf of an organization or city government. This study may be presented in research symposia at Tufts and elsewhere. Products that emerge from this study may also be shared with community members to help inform future policy and practice of Somerville chicken keeping. Data will be stored on a website within a secure Tufts system accessible only to Sydney Giacalone and the study’s faculty adviser. COMPENSATION: No compensation is offered for participating in this study. REQUEST FOR MORE INFORMATION: You may ask questions about the study at any time.Please contact the Principal Investigator at or (434)825-5406 if you have any questions or concerns about the study. You may also contact Lara Sloboda at the Office of the Institutional Review Board at or (617)627-3417. STATEMENT OF CONSENT: I confirm that I understand the purpose of the research and the study procedures. By checking the box below, I indicate my willingness to participate in this study. I understand that I may ask questions at any time and can withdraw my participation at any time. I may also choose to leave any of the boxes below unchecked.
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