Study Purpose. This study is separate and independent from GoSection8. It is a partnership between Teachers College, Columbia University, GoSection8, and Great Schools. With funding from the Arnold Foundation, researchers from Teachers College, Columbia University are studying whether offering school information alongside rental housing listings on GoSection8.com causes families to move to neighborhoods with higher-performing public schools. Results will be used to provide GoSection8, Public Housing Authorities, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development information about how and whether to offer school information alongside rental housing listings.
Confidentiality. The researchers will keep all participant information confidential and will only use them for the purpose of the study. The researchers will not sell your information to anyone. The researchers’ reports will contain summaries, and responses will never be presented in any way that would permit readers to identify you. The researchers will protect personal information by creating a unique anonymous id number for respondents. Researchers will work primarily with data that has this anonymous id and no personal identifiers.
Risks. The risks associated with your participation in this study are minimal. However, there is some risk potential of a data confidentiality breach. This risk will be minimized by adequately securing the data and using de-identified data whenever possible. In all steps of data handling, researchers will follow the most stringent security protocols.
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