We have been granted ethical approval! King’s has introduced a great new ‘Minimal Risk’ registration process for researchers. Instead of filling in pages and pages of forms which is then sent to a committee who convene every few months to discuss each application, researchers can apply for ‘minimal risk’ ethical review. This means that ethical approval can be granted within days rather than months.
As 33,000 Everyday Artists is largely observation based with some interaction, and we are working with non-vulnerable adults, we were given ethical clearance immediately. The requirements are that we still need to gain approval and consent (which will be attained verbally at any events we hold), and also keep a record of the ‘script’ we use to inform possible participants about what the research involves.
Our 200 word ‘project summary’, stating the aim of the research, who the participants are, how they will be approached and what will be asked of them is below:
33,000 Everyday Artists is a fun experiment in mass participation in creativity at King’s College London. The project aspires to introduce, develop and embed a culture of creativity through unlocking the creative potential of every person at King’s.
The self-selecting project participants are drawn from the 33,000 people that constitute King’s, from the students and academics to the catering and cleaning staff. Participation is voluntary. We will be recruiting participants to help with the planning process and then to get involved in the various initiatives we plan to roll out across the five campuses from January to March 2016.
We will approach potential participants predominantly online through email and King’s official communication channels (such as staff newsletters), and will also liaise with faculty, department and student groups.
Participants who choose to get involved will be asked to allow space for ‘play’ in their everyday lives. Indicatively, this will involve encouraging participants to employ the methodology ‘Do, Think, Share’ on a regular basis, completing short creative challenges, and attending presentations given by 33,000 Everyday Artists staff members.
The research will observe the challenges and successes of embedding an everyday culture of creativity in a university setting through participants’ responses. The researcher will produce a final report summarizing the main findings.