Inclusive Innovation Study
Science | Technology | Engineering | Math
You are invited to take part in an innovative, federally funded gender equality research project on creating collaborative cultures in the workplace. Your organization and others have joined an exciting new collaborative effort with leading research scientists to conduct and assess the efficacy of a virtual workshop designed to improve workplace experiences and promote professional success by cultivating an inclusive culture. These workshops will be a 3.5 hour virtual workshop hosted over Zoom, with surveys before and after. The workshop and surveys cover topics related to organizational values, gender and ethnic diversity in teams, effective communication, and promoting an inclusive culture through allyship.
Organizational change is most likely to occur when people work together and so we ask that you and a colleague of a different gender participate together as “research partners.” You and your research partner are invited to work together on fostering positive, inclusive norms in your teams or organization.
Volunteers will be randomly assigned (like the flip of a coin) to complete the workshop during either an early set of dates or a later set of dates (i.e., a waitlist control experimental design). To assess both the short and long-term impact of each workshop, attendees will be invited to complete five online surveys before and after the seminar.
• Work more than half-time as a scientist, tech professional, engineer, or mathematician in an academic or organizational setting.
• Click here or follow the link above to learn more about the study and how to volunteer to participate.
• This project has been reviewed and received clearance from the research ethics boards at the University of British Columbia and the University of Waterloo. You will be asked to indicate your consent to participate after you complete some basic eligibility questions.
• 6 hours across 6 months.
• Your organization supports this research and has committed to having participating employees complete the workshop and surveys during work time.
• In gratitude for your participation, the researchers will offer you the opportunity to enter a draw for a $100 gift card to Amazon.ca.
Please click on the frequently asked questions below to learn more about participating in the RISE Workshops.
Who is the research team?
Who is facilitating the workshops?
Who is eligible to participate?
How do participants invite a colleague/contact to partner with them in the study?
Can participants have more than one research partner?
Can participants partner with someone of the same gender?
Can the research team provide a letter for participants to share with their employer if requested?
What is expected of participants during and after the workshop?
How many participants are in each workshop?
What time of day will the workshops take place?
Will participants have a break during the workshop?
What is the total time commitment for the study?
How long is recruitment open?
Is there a deadline to sign up for the workshop?
Why might some participants be placed on a waitlist?
Is there a difference between the early and late workshops? How are participants assigned?
On which videoconferencing platform are the workshops hosted?
Is Zoom secure?
How is confidentiality maintained in the workshops and follow-up surveys?
Do participants need to do anything to prepare ahead of time?
How do I register for the workshop?
Can participants partake in the workshop without completing any surveys?
Can participants complete surveys without completing the workshop?
What happens if I miss the window to complete a survey?
Whom can participants contact with any concerns about their rights as a research participant?
How will participants' accessibility needs (e.g., visual/hearing impairments) be accommodated?
How is the content for this workshop likely to be different from standard diversity training?
What if my workshop partner or I are available to participate on only one of the days when workshops are being held?
Who will have access to the data that is collected?
If something comes up and I cannot attend, what should I do?
Will the short- or long-term findings of the workshop be shared with me after I participate?
What do I do if my contact email for the study has changed before the study is completed?
Can I remain enrolled in the study if I leave my organization, change positions within the organization, or leave the STEM field?
Can participants recommend another organization that might be interested in participating in these workshops?
Where can I find more information?