Participant Information – National Survey Argentina

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Determinants of ‘Mobilization’ at Home & Abroad: Analyzing the Micro-Foundations of Out-Migration & Mass Protest

Participant Information Sheet (PIS) For National Surveys

COVID-19 Context

You are being invited to take part in a National Survey as part of a larger research project. We are conducting a research on what people think about their life, politics and other important challenges facing [Ukraine/Poland/Morocco/Argentina]. Before you decide whether to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully before deciding whether to take part and discuss it with others if you wish. Please ask if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

About the Research

Who will conduct the research?

We are a group of researchers from the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Our project is funded by national science foundations under the Open Research Area Funding Scheme (

Our project is collaborative and is composed of four country teams:

  1. Dr. Olga Onuch (School of Social Sciences, Humanities, University of Manchester) is Principle Investigator in the UK. 
  2. Prof. Gwendolyn Sasse (Zentrum für Osteuropa und internationale Studien, ZOiS/ Nuffield College, DPIR, University of Oxford) is Principle Investigator in Germany. 
  3. Dr. Sorana Toma (Grande Ecole d’Economie et de la Statistique in Paris, ENSAE) is Principle Investigator in France.
  4. Prof. Jacquelien Van Stekelenburg (Sociology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) is Principle Investigator in the Netherlands.

What is the purpose of the research?

The MOBILISE project asks: When there is a discontent, why do some people protest while others cross borders? We examine: a) whether similar factors drive the choice to migrate and / or protest at the individual level; b) how context affects this mobilization; c) whether these choices are independent of each other or mutually reinforcing /undermining. MOBILISE employs a multi-method (nationally representative face-to-face panel surveys, online migrant surveys, protest participant surveys, focus groups, life-history interviews, social media analysis) and a multi-sited research design. It covers Ukraine, Poland, Morocco and Argentina, which have recently witnessed large-scale emigration and protests. It follows migrants from these countries to Germany, the UK and Spain.

You were chosen to participate in this survey because you are a citizen of [Ukraine/Poland/Morocco/Argentina]. We expect to recruit 1500-2000 such participants. 

Will the outcomes of the research be published?

Project outputs will be published in/as:

  1. a co-authored book; 
  2. co-authored articles in scholarly peer-reviewed journals; 
  3. three research-lead policy briefs for national and international policy-makers, connected to personal briefings for policy makers in London (Chatham House), Berlin (ZOiS), Washington (Carnegie, IOM), Brussels (EU institutions) 
  4. three dissemination workshops for different academic and non-academic audiences at regular intervals throughout the project. The dissemination workshops will discuss the policy implications of our findings for political stability, democratization/regime change and development. 
  5. We will also employ interactive formats of knowledge exchange between academic and non-academic communities including the publication of publicly available and accessible blogs (e.g. the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, The Conversation, Carnegie Europe’s Strategic EuropeZOiS Spotlight

Who has reviewed the research project?

This project has been reviewed by Open Research Area Committee and by separate committees/persons at the ESRC in the UK, DFG in Germany, ANR in France, and NWO in the Netherlands. This project also went through Ethics Review at The Vrije Universiteit, ZOiS, and The University of Manchester.

Who is funding the research project?

Our project is funded through the Open Research Area (ORA) Scheme with direct support from the ESRC in the UK, DFG in Germany, ANR in France and NWO in the Netherlands

What would my involvement be?

What would I be asked to do if I took part?

National Survey: You will participate in two 30-40 min face to face surveys. We will ask you to complete one survey this year between [enter dates] and then, we will contact you in about 12-18 months from now to fill out another survey. 

Will I be compensated for taking part?

National Survey: You will not receive any payment or compensation for your time.

What happens if I do not want to take part or if I change my mind?

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part.  Please confirm with our local partner [enter sociological research agency name] if you are happy to take part in this research. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time without giving a reason and without detriment to yourself. However, it will not be possible to remove your data from the project once the survey has been completed as it will be anonymised and we will not be able to identify your specific data. This does not affect your data protection rights. If you decide not to take part you do not need to do anything further. You are free to stop filling out the survey at any time and stop participating in the research. 

Data Protection and Confidentiality

What information will you collect about me? 

In order to participate in this research project we will need to collect information that could identify you, called “personal identifiable information.” Specifically, we will need to collect:

  • Your contact details (to contact you again in about one year’s time)

Under what legal basis are you collecting this information?

We are collecting and storing this personal identifiable information in accordance with data protection law which protect your rights.  These state that we must have a legal basis (specific reason) for collecting your data. For this study, the specific reason is that it is “a public interest task” and “a process necessary for research purposes.” 

What are my rights in relation to the information you will collect about me?

You have a number of rights under data protection law regarding your personal information. For example, you can request a copy of the information we hold about you, including audio recordings. 

Will my participation in the study be confidential and my personal identifiable information be protected? 

In accordance with data protection law ZoiS, ENSAE, the Vrije Universiteit and the University of Manchester are the Data Controllers for this project. This means that we are responsible for making sure your personal information is kept secure, confidential and used only in the way you have been told it will be used. All researchers are trained with this in mind, and your data will be looked after in the following way: Only the MOBILISE research team will have access to your personal information, but they will anonymise it as soon as possible. Any identifiable data will be anonymised as soon as the objectives of the project allow. Once anonymised we will store this data for 5 years. We will work closely with our local partners to ensure that confidentiality measures will be followed. Participants will be provided with an assigned ID number only known to the research team. Thus, the data will be pseudonymised.  All data will be digitized, encrypted, password protected and held on secure university servers. These data will be transferred between local partners and ZoiS, ENSAE, the Vrije Universiteit and the University of Manchester employing secure VPN connections and/or encrypted devices. [FOR ARGENTINA, UKRAINE, MORROCCO – As this research is being conducted outside of the EU all data will only be transferred employing either secure VPN connections and cloud services that are encrypted end to end.] The data will be stored throughout the duration of the project and the fully anonymized data will be deposited in the UK Data Archive. Thus, when you agree to take part in a research study, the information about you may be provided to researchers running other research studies. The future research will be of a similar nature to this research project and will concern Political Science or Sociology. This information will not identify you and will not be combined with other information in a way that could identify you. The information will only be used for the purpose of research and cannot be used to contact you regarding any other matter. 

Please also note that individuals from ZoiS, ENSAE, the Vrije Universiteit and the University of Manchester or regulatory authorities may need to look at the data collected for this study to make sure the project is being carried out as planned. 

This may involve looking at identifiable data. All individuals involved in auditing and monitoring the study will have a strict duty of confidentiality to you as a research participant.

Additional information in relation to COVID-19

Are there any additional considerations that I need to know about before deciding whether I should take part?

Individuals should not take part in the survey, focus groups or in-depth interviews if they are part of a vulnerable group or if they have/display any COVID-19 symptoms.

What additional steps will you take to keep me safe while I take part?

All research will be conducted in accordance with local government guidelines and laws on public gathering, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. According to the local protocol and following local laws at the time of the survey, focus groups or in-depth interviews, researchers, enumerators and interviewees will wear face coverings during the interview – all participants are particularly strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. Enumerators and researchers will maintain a physical distance of at minimum one meter with interviewees and will strive to conduct the interviews in well ventilated spaces.

Is there any additional information that I need to know?

Participants are under no obligation to participate in the survey, focus groups or in-depth interviews and should not take part of the survey if they express any type of concern about their health or the COVID-19 context. 

What if I have a complaint?

Contact details for complaints

Contact Details

If you have any queries about the study or if you are interested in taking part then please contact the researcher(s)