You are invited to take part in a field study about a tool to analyze online political content. We are
asking you to participate in our study because you volunteered and fit our description of a valid
participant for this study. Please read this form carefully and ask any questions you may have before
agreeing to take part in the study.
What this study is about: The purpose of this study is to help understand how to support critical thinking
about political issues.
What we ask you to do: You are asked to complete this survey as a part of participating in a field study of the tool we have developed. We will ask you to complete three surveys: one at the beginning of the study, one half way through the study (approximately one month after the initial survey), and then one at the end of the study (approximately two months after the initial survey). In between these surveys, we will give you directions via email about using the tool we have created. If you are interested, you may also participate in a series of 30-45 minute interviews, one to go with each of the three surveys, about your experiences using the tool. However, the interviews are optional--you may still participate in the rest of the study even if you do not want to complete the interviews.
Risks and benefits: We see no risks associated with this study other than those encountered in day-to-day
life. As an incentive for participating in this research, you will be entered in a drawing for one of two $100 Amazon.com gift cards. The only other possible benefit is the potential for feeling a sense of pride in contributing to research.
Privacy: All interviews will be audio recorded and transcribed. At the end of the study, the audio
recordings will be destroyed and only the transcripts will be retained for analysis. No publications or other
material about this research will disclose your identity.
Taking part is voluntary: This study is voluntary. You may stop at any time if you feel it’s necessary.
During the survey (and interviews, if you participate in them), you may skip any questions you don’t feel comfortable answering. If you decide
not to participate in this study, it will not affect any current or future relationship with Cornell University
you may have.
Your answers will be confidential: Any and all information you provide may be used in future studies or
research. However, there will be no way to identify you personally though the data we collect, and any
personal information will be kept separate from the data set in a locked file only the researchers will have
If you have any questions: The primary researcher conducting this study is Eric P. S. Baumer. You are
welcome to ask questions about the study via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to ask any
questions you have now, or at any point in the future. If you have any questions or concerns about your
rights as a research subject, you may contact the Cornell Institutional Review Board (IRB) at 607-255-
5138, or you may access their website at http://www.irb.cornell.edu. You may also report your concerns
or complaints anonymously through Ethicspoint or by calling toll free at 1-866-293-3077. Ethicspoint is
an independent organization that serves as a liaison between the University and the person bringing the
complaint so that anonymity can be ensured.
Statement of Consent: By clicking through to complete this survey, I am
indicating that I have read the above information, and have received answers to any questions I asked. I
consent to take part in the study.