A key pillar of our organisation is research & advocacy. We aim to be an evidence based, people led organisation impacting communities locally and internationally. Thus, to ensure we remain relevant and represent the voice of the people we aim to serve, we periodically conduct relevant research related to the needs and wants of the our audience.
Below is an information sheet outlining our 2017/8 research project which sought to unearth the how, what and why of second generation British Ghanaians interaction with and present contributions (remittance, skills and time) to Ghana’s development.
The research project successfully had 493 second generation British Ghanaians complete the survey 100%, where we also validated responses via qualitative means by coordinating 5 focus groups and 10 interviews with notable figures who are/have spearheaded Diaspora engagement within the UK. The research paper and the findings are scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of 2018.
2017/8 RESEARCH INFORMATION SHEET (INFORMED CONSENT)
Research Study (Working) Title: 2nd Generation British Ghanaians, Ghana and Remittances: Motivations, Engagement and Development
Hello and thank you for your time! You are being invited to take part in a research study by Future of Ghana. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please read the following information carefully and feel free to ask any questions on any topic that may need further clarification.
What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of this study is to explore the ways in which diaspora groups interact with their ‘home’ countries. The focus of this study is 2nd generation Ghanaians in the UK, how they engage with/desire to engage with Ghana (i.e. through social, cultural, economic/financial and skills channels) and its implications for diaspora engagement efforts, policies and development.
The study will attempt to understand the underlying factors driving engagement with Ghana, the priorities and patterns of 2nd generation engagement (in comparison to 1st generation) and what, if any, barriers to engagement exist. We are intent on ensuring your collective voices are represented, which we hope will help shape policy, add to the dialogue around the diaspora and contribute to Ghana’s diaspora engagement efforts.
Why have I been invited to participate?
We invite you to take part in this study as you are a 2nd generation British Ghanaian who resides in the UK.
How is ‘2nd generation British Ghanaian’ being defined?
For the purposes of this study, 2nd generation British Ghanaian is being defined as:
Do I have to take part?
It is entirely up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time.
What will happen if I take part?
If you chose to participate, you will take part in a survey (approx. 10 minutes) about yourself, your interests, contributions or intended contributions to Ghana and experiences engaging with Ghana. The survey will also ask if you are willing to take part in focus group discussions and further information will be sent to you.
What about the pre-survey that I did?
The pre-survey was a separate preliminary activity designed to give a better sense of our potential data and refine our research approach but will not be used as part of the main research findings.
Will what I say in this study be kept confidential?
All information collected in this study will be kept strictly confidential using a secure database only accessible to the research team. Your personal responses will not be identified to you nor will you be identifiable to anyon e based on this study.
What should I do if I want to take part?
Before starting the survey, on the first page you will indicate that you have read and understood the information presented in this document and then be taken to the survey to complete. Participants must be 18 years old and above.
What will happen to the results of the research study?
The results of this study will be analysed with data collected from focus group discussions and interviews and used towards a research report to be published by Future of Ghana. The final report will be completed by March 2018, and Future of Ghana will be sharing the report with all participants. It will be formally launched at an event in mid 2018. Information will be shared with you regarding the event closer to the time.
Who is organising the research?
The research being conducted by Future of Ghana and led by Pearl Boateng, Noreen Dove and Kirstie Kwarteng.
Contact for Further Information
Lead Researcher Information
Name: Pearl Boateng
Thank you for your time and cooperation!