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We are pleased to announce that Insight Policy Research was acquired by Westat, effective June 15, 2022. Branded as “Westat Insight,” we are currently operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Westat and continue to provide our clients with the best-in-class services they have come to expect. Our combined experience now offers expanded expertise in health, education, and social policy as well as deeper methodological skills in survey research, evaluation, data analytics, and technical assistance. Learn more here.
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Consent to Participate in the Evaluation of the UNC SSIL Completion Grant Pilot

  • Please read this consent form and complete the fields at the bottom of the page if you wish to volunteer for this study.

    The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of completion grants in helping students stay on track for graduation. Completion grants are small, just-in-time financial awards that fill in financial gaps in tuition and fees for students nearing graduation. Study participants who are at least 18 years old will be randomly selected to receive a completion grant of up to $1,500 and be required to complete two future-building activities, which may take about 2 hours. The study will rely on administrative data already collected by institutions as part of regular business operations.

    There are minimal risks to your participation in the study because the completion grants and future-building activities do not pose any risk to your financial, emotional, or physical well-being. The only risk to you is the potential loss of confidentiality.

    Your voluntary participation in the study will help us discover the extent to which completion grants help students stay on track for graduation. If you are interested in learning more, please continue to read. You may sign this consent form below to volunteer for the study.

    What does it mean to participate in the study?

    This study is funded by the University of North Carolina (UNC) Student Success Innovation Lab (SSIL). SSIL has contracted with Insight Policy Research (Insight) to conduct a study of the UNC SSIL Completion Grant Pilot as a third-party evaluator. The study is designed to assess the impact of the completion grants and future-building activities on student retention and graduation.

    About 1,000 students across 4 institutions (Fayetteville State University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Western Carolina State University, and Winston-Salem State University) are expected to participate in the study. Students who volunteer for the study will be selected at random to receive a completion grant of up to $1,500 and be required to complete two future-building activities (e.g., taking financial literacy modules; developing a degree completion plan and having it approved by an advisor; meeting with a career advisor to review and approve a resume; attending a workshop or career fair at the University Career Center; performing a mock interview). The study is expected to start in November 2019 and end in August 2021.

    Your participation in the study is completely voluntary. Volunteers will have a chance to receive a completion grant and be required to complete two future-building activities. Volunteers who are not selected and students who did not volunteer for the study will not receive a completion grant but will still be eligible for the usual financial aid offered by their institution and be allowed to participate in all available future-building activities.

    What type of information will the study collect?

    If you agree to participate in the pilot, Insight will use administrative data collected by your institution as part of regular business operations. De-identified means that Insight will not have access to your personally identifiable information, such as your name, Social Security number, or student identification number. The administrative data will include information on—
    • unique institution student identification number to track students over time and between data sources
    • demographic characteristics, such as age, gender, and race and ethnicity;
    • financial background characteristics, such as North Carolina residency status and Pell eligibility;
    • financial aid outcomes, such as grants, loans, work-study received in the semester;
    • participation in career services offerings; and
    • academic outcomes, such as credits attempted, credits earned, grade point average, re-enrollment, and degree completion status.

    How will information about you be protected?

    Insight has committed to keeping your information private. It has signed a data security agreement with the UNC System Office describing how it will follow strict data security protocols for this study. Insight will not have any access to unique institutional identifiers for each student (e.g. name, address, or institutional student identification number). Any data transfers will be completed via an encrypted file transfer platform, and the data will be stored on a secure server with strict access controls, limiting access only to researchers working on the study. At the conclusion of the study, Insight will destroy all administrative data received from the UNC System Office.

    What are the risks and benefits to participation?

    There is only minimal risk to you associated with participating in the study. The only risk is in the use of administrative data on study participants. Insight has established strict protocols to prevent the exposure of participant data. There are no other risks to your financial, emotional, or physical well-being.

    The benefit to you from being in the study is the chance to receive a completion grant of up to $1,500.

    Requesting permission

    You may volunteer to participate in the study by signing in the space below. If you have questions about the study, please contact the research team at Insight Policy Research by emailing the project mailbox (completiongrantevaluation@insightpolicyresearch.com). By signing the form, you acknowledge you have read this consent form and agree to participate in the study of the UNC SSIL Completion Grant Pilot.
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  • Clicking 'Submit' indicates that I have read the description of the study and I agree to participate in the study.