You are being asked to participate in a research study conducted by the Southwest Transportation Workforce Center, located at California State University Long Beach. You were selected as a possible participant in this study because of your expertise in transportation planning. Please read and scroll down to be redirected to the survey.
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The key objective of this research will be to develop models for effective coordination and collaboration between and among education and training institutions and local and regional transportation organizations for the purposes of workforce development. The study is phased out over three years. We first assess the ways in which local and regional transportation agencies work with other public sector partners, the private and non-profit sectors, and the educational community to respond to workforce development needs. We use that knowledge to identify effective strategies for the transference of collaborative skills. Finally, we test our strategies through the development and implementation of pilot education and training programs.
If you volunteer to participate in this study, you will do the following things:
1. Read this consent form thoroughly and check the appropriate box below giving your consent to participate in the study.
2. Upon completion of this form, you will be asked a series of questions as part of an online survey. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey consists of questions about your organization, including questions about your existing educational and workforce training programs and needs, and anticipated future needs.
POTENTIAL RISKS AND DISCOMFORTS
There may be minimal risks to reputation, insurability, or employability if the questions are deemed sensitive and personal. You may feel that your job
may be jeopardized if confidentiality was breached and your name is linked to your responses.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS TO SUBJECTS AND/OR TO SOCIETY
This study is among the first to collect comprehensive data on the current educational and training programs and develop, test, and revise new curricula and education programs to train individuals at all levels of the transportation workforce. Subjects will not directly benefit from participating in this study.
PAYMENT FOR PARTICIPATION
There will be no payment for participation.
Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified with you will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission or as required by law.
PARTICIPATION AND WITHDRAWAL
You can choose whether to be in this study or not. If you volunteer to be in this study, you may withdraw at any time without consequences of any kind. Participation or non-participation will not affect your employment status. You may also refuse to answer any questions you don’t want to answer and still remain in the study. The investigator may withdraw you from this research if such circumstances arise that warrant this action.
IDENTIFICATION OF INVESTIGATORS
If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact Co-PI, Tyler Reeb, Ph.D., at (562) 985-2879 or Co-PI, Thomas O’Brien, Ph.D., at 562-985-2875.
RIGHTS OF RESEARCH SUBJECTS
You may withdraw your consent at any time and discontinue participation without penalty. You are not waiving any legal claims, rights or remedies because of your participation in this research study. If you have questions regarding your rights as a research subject, contact the Office of University Research, CSU Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840; Telephone: (562) 985-5314 or email to [email protected]