Participant Information Sheet (PIS) For Focus Groups Origin Countries

Version 7; Date 21/01/2022

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

Participant Information Sheet (PIS) For Focus Groups Origin Countries

COVID-19 Context

[please note members of our team are fluent or are native speakers in every project language and once our local partners translate these documents we will be able to verify their authenticity.]

You are being invited to take part in a Focus Group discussion as part of larger research project. We are conducting a research on what people think about their life, politics and other important challenges facing 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. Prof. Gwendolyn Sasse (Zentrum für Osteuropa und internationale Studien, ZOiS/ Nuffield College, DPIR, University of Oxford) is Principle Investigator in Germany.
  2. Prof. Jacquelien Van Stekelenburg (Sociology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) is Principle Investigator in the Netherlands.
  3. Dr. Olga Onuch (School of Social Sciences, Humanities, University of Manchester) is Principle Investigator in the UK.
  4. Dr. Sorana Toma (Grande Ecole d’Economie et de la Statistique in Paris, ENSAE) is Principle Investigator in France.

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.

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 Europe, ZOiS 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?

Focus Groups: You will participate in two 2-hour Focus Group discussions. One took place in 2020 and the second one will be organized online from January 20th 2022 onward.

Will I be compensated for taking part?

Focus Groups: You will not receive any payment for your time from the MOBILISE team.

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

Focus Groups:  It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part.  Please confirm with our local partner Eldasa if you are happy to take part in this research. If you do decide to take part you will be given this information sheet to keep and you will be asked to sign a consent form. 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 it has been anonymised as 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. The focus group discussions will be digitally recorded (audio and video). If you become uncomfortable with the recording process you are free to stop recording 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 full name
  • Your contact details
  • The audio and video recording of the discussion during the focus group.

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 and video 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. 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. The team will keep all of your responses confidential and we ask that all Focus Group participants also keep the content of the discussion confidential and that they do not discuss it outside of the Focus Group. It is possible [even if very unlikely] that some participants of the Focus Group may discuss some of comments outside of the Focus Group.

Audio and video recordings

The audio and video recordings of focus group discussions will only be used to create transcripts – our research team will perform the transcribing. We will keep all of your data anonymized. No personal identifiable information will be included in any transcript. The recording will be digitally altered to remove personal information and will be stored in an encrypted fashion for the duration of the research project. Only the research team will have access to the recordings.

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

Focus groups and interviews will be organised online and are not associated with any risk of contamination.

What if I have a complaint?

Contact details for complaints

If you have a complaint that you wish to direct to members of the research team, please contact: 

Contact Details

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