Global Goals: Voices from the Pacific survey

You are invited to participate in a research project being conducted by RMIT University and the Pacific Institute of Public Policy.

Please read this sheet carefully and be confident that you understand its contents before deciding whether to participate. If you have any questions about the project, please contact Associate Professor Simon Feeny

Who is involved in this research project? Why is it being conducted?

Associate Professor Simon Feeny and Dr Alberto Posso from RMIT University, Melbourne and Derek Brien from the Pacific Institute for Public Policy, Vanuatu are conducting the research. United Nations member States have adopted a new set of Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The research is being conducted in order to obtain the views of Pacific Islanders with respect to the relevance and progress against these goals.

This research project has been approved by the RMIT Human Research Ethics Committee.

Why have you been approached?

You have been approached by the research team because you are a resident of a Pacific Island country with an interest in development issues or you are in the network of one of the researchers. Your email may have been obtained from the Pacific Institute for Public Policy since you subscribe to their regular email updates. You feedback is valuable for us to obtain and evaluate the views of Pacific Islanders on the Global Goals.

What is the project about? What are the questions being addressed?

The project is about evaluating the views of Pacific islanders on the proposed Global Goals. The project addresses the following questions:

  • How relevant the goals are to Pacific islanders?
  • What progress has been made against each goal?
  • Which goals are a priority for Pacific islanders?

We anticipate surveying 1,000 Pacific Islanders from across the region in order to inform the research.

If I agree to participate, what will I be required to do?

To assist us with the research, we would like you to complete an anonymous online survey. The survey will take between 2 and 5 minutes to complete. The questions are about the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly which goals you think best represent the needs of Pacific Islanders. You can opt out of the survey at any time.

What are the possible risks or disadvantages?

There are no real risks or disadvantages prom participating in the research apart from the time spent doing the survey. If you have any concerns regarding the questions please contact Simon Feeny on +61 3 9925 5901.

You should be aware that the World Wide Web is an insecure public network that gives rise to the potential risk that a user’s transactions are being viewed, intercepted or modified by third parties or that data which the user downloads may contain computer viruses or other defects.

What are the benefits associated with participation?

There are no direct benefits to you from undertaking the survey. However, the research will be used to provide a Pacific Islander perspective on the Global Goals through national and regional reporting mechanisms.

What will happen to the information I provide?

The survey is anonymous and we will have no way of identifying you from any of the answers that you give. The results are aggregated so no individual responses will be identifiable.

The results from the report will be provided to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and will be available online. Results may also be used in conference presentations and academic journal articles. Our results will be available to you on request.

Because of the nature of data collection, we are not obtaining written informed consent from you. Instead, we assume that you have given consent by your completion of the on-line survey.

This project will use an external site to create, collect and analyse data collected in a survey format. The site we are using is Google Forms. If you agree to participate in this survey, the responses you provide to the survey will be stored on a host server that is used by Simon Feeny and Alberto Posso. No personal information will be collected in the survey so none will be stored as data. Once we have completed our data collection and analysis, we will import the data we collect to the RMIT server where it will be stored securely for five (5) years before being destroyed. The data on the Google Forms host server will then be deleted and expunged.

Whom should I contact if I have any questions?

Please contact a member of the research team should any questions arise.

Associate Professor Simon Feeny
School of Economics Finance and Marketing. RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
E: simon.feeny@rmit.edu.au; T: +613 9925 5901

Dr Alberto Posso
School of Economics Finance and Marketing. RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
E: alberto.posso@rmit.edu.au; T: +613 9925 5669

Mr Derek Brien
Executive Director, Pacific Institute of Public Policy, PMB 9034 Port Vila Vanuatu.
E: dbrien@pacificpolicy.org; T: +678 7763454.

Please note: If you have any concerns about your participation in this project, which you do not wish to discuss with the researchers, then you can contact the Ethics Officer, Research Integrity, Governance and Systems, RMIT University, GPO Box 2476V VIC 3001. Tel: (03) 9925 2251 or email human.ethics@rmit.edu.au.