How Differences in Pedagogical Methods Impact ChalleNGe Program Outcomes

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We invite you to participate in a research study conducted by CNA on behalf of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. The following is a brief description of the study and directions on how to complete a short, on-line survey. If you have any questions about the study or the survey, please contact Dr. Lauren Malone, Principal Investigator, CNA, at or (703) 824-2741.

CNA is a not-for-profit, federally-funded research and development corporation that does research on a wide range of topics for the Department of Defense and other Federal agencies. One of the areas in which we conduct research is education. CNA has been asked by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs to undertake a study on the ChalleNGe program. Specifically, they have asked us to look at the various ways ChalleNGe teachers approach instruction with the objective of identifying those pedagogical methods and techniques that are most effective. A final goal of the project is to share the results across the ChalleNGe program.

In order to conduct this study, we are collecting data from all teachers at all of the ChalleNGe sites using this on-line survey. First, please read the information below before deciding whether or not to participate. If you have any questions about anything you do not understand in this survey instrument or about this research study, please contact Dr. Malone, whose contact information is listed above, before proceeding. After each section, please check the box to indicate your agreement with the statement. At the end, you will be asked to click the box labeled "proceed with survey" to indicate your approval to proceed with completion of the survey.

Process and Duration

Your participation in this study would involve your completing a short on-line survey. Most items are multiple choice, but a few ask you to fill in information. It should take approximately 20 minutes. Your participation is completely voluntary. You have the right to refuse to participate and doing so will have no impact on your employment with the ChalleNGe program. If you choose to participate, you may also skip any questions you don't feel comfortable answering or stop completing the survey altogether at any point.

  I understand my participation is completely voluntary and that if I choose to refuse to participate, it will have no impact on my employment with the ChalleNGe program. If I choose to proceed, I understand that I may skip any questions I do not feel comfortable answering or stop completing the survey.

Risks and Benefits

There are no risks to you for participating in this study and we do not believe that you will experience any discomfort in answering the questions. In addition, you will receive no direct benefit from participation in this study. However, your participation may help the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program to determine what changes should be made to the program to increase positive outcomes for cadets. This could play a role in increasing General Educational Development (GED) passage rates and/or success for cadets in the job market.

  I understand there are no risks to me for participating in this study and that I will receive no direct benefits from my participation.

Data Security and Confidentiality

Your survey responses will be anonymous. When the results of the research are published or discussed in conferences, no information will be included that would reveal your identity. In addition, data summaries will aggregate individual responses in groups sufficiently large enough to protect the anonymity of individual survey respondents. This survey is being administered using an on-line format. None of the questions will ask for any personal data (you will not be asked to give your name, age, etc.). The email address used to invite you to participate in the survey is not captured when you complete the survey; there is no link between your email address and your completed survey. Your completed survey will be assigned a random respondent code that will be used in place of personal identifiers when your responses are stored by CNA and in all analyses CNA performs. The data will reside on secure servers that are password protected. Access is granted on a need to know basis only.

  I understand that my responses will be anonymous and that data collected through the on-line survey will be kept secure.

Agency Disclosure Statement

The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 20 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, Executive Services Directorate, Information Management Division, 4800 Mark Center Drive, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-3100 (XXXX-XXXX)[Insert OMB Control Number]. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number.


  I freely and voluntarily consent to proceeding with the on-line survey.