One Health approaches to research combine elements of human, animal and environmental health.
1. Survey purpose? - The HORN project (One Health Regional Network for the Horn of Africa - http://onehealthhorn.net/) wants to understand the research currently underway or recently undertaken using a One Health ethos in individual Departments within Organisations such as Higher Education (HE) and Research Institutes (RI) in the Horn of Africa.
We would like one senior staff member in each relevant Department of HE/RI organisations in Horn countries (including Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda) to complete our survey. The results will help us understand the strengths and weaknesses of current regional One Health working, so that we can tailor further HORN capacity building efforts towards any gaps.
2. Why have you been chosen to take part? - We identified you as the most suitable person in your Department to answer the survey, either because of your interest in the HORN project, or by searching online. If someone else is more suitable, please forward this message to them (including the survey link). If you know of other Departments (in your organisation) undertaking One Health research, or you work with staff from other organisations who could help, then please maximise our responses by forwarding them this message and the survey link.
3. Do you have to take part? - You can decide whether or not to take part in our survey.
4. What will happen if you take part? - You can take part by agreeing to the consent statements on the following pages. The survey includes simple questions and will take a maximum of 15 minutes to complete; please answer all questions if possible. If preferred, you can fill in a paper-version by e-mailing HORN@liverpool.ac.uk. Please only fill in the survey once.
5. How will your data be used? - Data will be anonymised before being analysed by the study team. All data provided is strictly confidential; when the study results are presented, it will not be possible to identify individuals or organisations. Study data will be stored on a secure, networked drive for up to 5 years, then electronically shredded.
"The University processes personal data as part of its research and teaching activities in accordance with the lawful basis of 'public task', and in accordance with the University's purpose of advancing education, learning and research for the public benefit. Under UK data protection legislation, the University acts as the Data Controller for personal data collected as part of the University's research." Dr. K. Marie McIntyre will act as the Data Processor for this study; any queries relating to the handling of personal data can be sent to email@example.com.
6. Are there any risks in taking part? - There are no risks associated with taking part in the survey.
7. Are there any benefits in taking part? - Win books for your organisation!
If someone from your organisation provides responses to the questionnaire, you could win £500 worth of books! (You will be asked if you would like to enter the draw for books of your choice, at the end of the questionnaire).
Also, once we have the survey results, we will be able to tailor further HORN capacity building efforts towards gaps in One Health working. Future efforts may be of relevance to your organisation, and we will keep you informed of further HORN initiatives if requested.
8. What will happen to the results of the study? - The survey results will form a research publication; we will keep you informed of this if requested.
9. What will happen if you want to stop taking part? - You are free to withdraw your participation at any time, without explanation, and without incurring a disadvantage; simply close the web browser. You can request that your results are destroyed and no further use is made of them by e-mailing the study team at HORN@liverpool.ac.uk.
10. What if you are unhappy or if there is a problem? - If you are unhappy or there is a problem, please contact Dr. K. Marie McIntyre. If you remain unhappy or have a complaint which you feel you cannot come to us with then please contact the Research Ethics and Integrity Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote the study name (Capacity for One Health research in the Horn of Africa), the researcher(s) involved, and the details of the complaint you wish to make. The University strives to maintain the highest standards of rigour in the processing of your data. However, if you have any concerns about the way in which your personal data is processed, it is important that you are aware of your right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office by calling +44303 123 1113.
11. Who can you contact if you have further questions? - If you have further questions, please contact Dr. K. Marie McIntyre, email@example.com , +44151 795 8307. The research study team is based in the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.
We acknowledge the United Kingdom Research and Innovation for the funding received for this project through the Global Challenges Research Fund.
Thank you once again for taking the time to read this information and considering taking part in this study. Prof. Matthew Baylis & Dr. K. Marie McIntyre