Seeking Common Ground


This study looks at how genre is used as a means of assessing and selecting government information, and what genres are recognisable by the public. We hope that the findings from this research will contribute to the development of improved public government information systems. Professor Luanne Freund from the University of British Columbia is conducting the study.

Who will be participating in the study

We are asking UBC graduate students who are over the age of 22, native English speakers and Canadian citizens.

About completing the questionnaire

The study will take about one hour to complete. You will be looking at five different scenarios, or reasons someone would look for government information online.

Your participation in the study is completely voluntary: you may withdraw at any time, and you are free to skip any questions that you prefer not to answer. The questions ask for your opinions, and there are no right or wrong answers. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask the research assistant attending your session.

About confidentiality

The study does not ask for names or other identifying information and all responses are anonymous. The researchers do not have access to any information that would link your identity to your responses. While the study is running, data will be stored on a secure Web server located in Canada and only the researchers will have access to the data. Once the study is complete, data will be transferred to the researchers, and the raw data will be available only to them.

Compensation for completing the study

Once you complete the study, you will receive an honorarium of 20 dollars cash.

To begin the study, please click on the link below.


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