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Speaking From Experience


Statements from refugees at the inaugural Global Refugee Forum

Research Information Sheet

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This sheet provides you with information about the research project “Speaking from Experience”: Statements from refugees at the inaugural Global Refugee Forum. Please read the information below and feel free to ask questions about anything you do not understand before deciding whether to take part.

1. What is the research study about?

This research, titled Speaking from Experience: Statements from refugees at the inaugural Global Refugee Forum, compiles and captures the speeches delivered by refugee speakers at the inaugural Global Refugee Forum and provides some analysis and reflection. In doing so, it aims to amplify refugee voices and to better understand the ways in which they engage in global advocacy on refugee issues.

2. Who is conducting this research?

The study is being carried out by the following researchers at Act for Peace:

  • Tristan Harley, Consultant, Act for Peace
  • Suyeon Lee, Consultant, Act for Peace

Act for Peace is an international aid agency that undertakes programs and advocacy on a wide range of domestic, regional and international issues, supports joint advocacy initiatives, seeks to mobilise supporters, and works closely with local partners to achieve meaningful change for persons in need of protection. Act for Peace is currently supporting research on the meaningful participation of refugees and is engaging refugees themselves to lead in this work. Act for Peace is not related to UNHCR or any other stakeholder responsible for organising the Global Refuge Forum.

4. When is this research being conducted?

This research is being conducted between 16 July and 30 September 2021. After 30 September 2021, it may not be possible to include your speech or your responses to the survey.

5. Who can participate in this research?

You can participate in the research if you are over 18 years of age, have lived experience of displacement and have delivered a speech at the inaugural Global Refugee Forum in 2019.

6. How would you like me to contribute to this research? What is the expected time commitment?

We are seeking your permission to publish your speech at the Global Refugee Forum in a written compilation of speeches made by refugees at the inaugural Global Refugee Forum. We believe that you own the copyright for this speech, and it can only be reproduced with your permission.

We are also asking you to complete a short survey that covers questions about your background, experiences, and reflections of the Global Refugee Forum. This survey will take about ten to thirty minutes of your time, depending on your answers.

7. Will there be interviews for this research?

At this stage, we are not planning to undertake interviews for this research project, as we do not want to impose additional pressures on your time. However, should you wish to discuss this research further or ask any questions, we would be happy to meet with you virtually at an arranged time.

8. If I complete the survey, how will you use my survey responses?

Your survey responses will be treated differently depending on whether you choose to be identified or not for this research project. You will be asked for your preference with regards to identification in the survey, and the researchers will respect your decision.

If you wish to be identified, the researchers will reference your name and affiliation if they refer to your written responses to this survey in the publication. This is to ensure that you are given proper credit for your responses to the survey questions. Please see below the possible risks in relation to identification. If you do not wish to be identified, unidentified quotes may be used in the report, but your name and professional affiliation will be kept confidential in the research output.

If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage before 30 September 2021. After this date it may not be possible to withdraw as the results are expected to be finalised for publication.

Collected data will be kept on the researcher’s password-locked Google drive for at least one year following publication of the research and will only be used for the stated purpose of the research.

9. Can I review the analysis of the speeches and survey before it is published?

Yes, in the survey you will be asked if you would like to review and provide feedback to a completed draft of the research prior to it being publicly released. If you answer yes to this question, you will be sent a copy of the completed draft and will have a period of at least two weeks to provide feedback to the researchers. This period of feedback will occur sometime after September 2021.

The researchers will consider feedback according to its potential implications for you. For analysis that personally identifies you, you will have the right to request revisions or deletion of the analysis that identifies you should you believe that it is either incorrect, not consistent with the desired meaning of your responses, or poses risk to yourself. For general analysis that does not personally identify you, the authors will consider your comments or suggestions in good faith, taking into account the feedback and responses of other respondents.

10. Where will this research be published?

It is intended that the speeches and analysis will be published on the internet in a single PDF document that is open-access and shared with a broad range of stakeholders. There is also the small possibility that the material could be published in a different form, such as in an academic journal or book. In the event that multiple publications arise from this research and you select in the survey that you would like the opportunity to review and provide feedback to completed drafts, you will be provided this opportunity in relation to each draft.

11. What happens if I choose not to take part in this research?

If you do not want to take participate in the research, you do not have to. Your decision not to participate will not affect your relationship with the researchers, Act for Peace or any other stakeholder known to us. Your decision not to participate will also be kept confidential.

If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage before 30 September 2021 (when results are expected to be finalised for publication).

12. What are the possible risks involved in participating in this research?

We do not expect the publication of the speeches or the survey questions to cause any harm, however there is a very small possibility that for some individuals the survey questions may bring about some feelings of distress. If this does occur, you are free to pause the survey or stop the process completely. If required, our researchers can provide you with information about support services.

Additionally, should you choose to be identified in the research survey, there may be other current or future risks that arise from publicly speaking on the record about your experiences at the Global Refugee Forum. We encourage you to think carefully about these risks and speak to us should you have any questions about the survey or your responses. However, the researchers believe that you are best positioned to assess these risks, taking into account your personal circumstances and survey responses. We will contact you prior to publication of any results should we have concerns that your responses may give rise to additional risks. The researchers are not able to take responsibility or assume liability for your decision to be identified or for your responses provided.

13. Will I be paid to take part in the research study?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to give you any money, vouchers or other gifts if you participate in the research. However, we sincerely appreciate you taking part. With your consent, we will provide you with the preliminary draft of the research document and share the published version with you.

14. What are the possible benefits to me and to others?

The benefits of publishing your speech may include amplifying your voice to reach a wider audience, stronger preservation of your contribution in a written record, and greater potential for others to reach you or quote from your contribution.

There may be little to no direct benefit to you by participating in this research survey. However, by participating in the research, you will be supporting the aims of this research, which are to amplify the voices of refugees and better understand the ways in which refugees engage in global advocacy on refugee issues.

15. What should I do if I have further questions about my involvement in the research?

If you want any further information about this research or if you have any problems which may be related to your involvement in the project, you can contact the researcher below:

Name: Tristan Harley
Title: Consultant, Act for Peace
Email: tharley@actforpeace.org.au

Thank you for reading this information sheet and for considering taking part in this research.

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