You are being invited to take part in a research study. 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 take time to read the following information carefully.
What is the purpose of the study?
We are carrying out a study which aims to explore the content of coaching engagements in organisational settings. This is an area of coaching that has not been as extensively explored as the process or outcomes of coaching. We believe the results will inform a number of areas of research and practice including professional development, education, assessment and evaluation.
In a previous phase of this research we analysed descriptions of the topics external coaches were working on with their organisational clients. Now we wish to learn how coaching topics shift within the engagement.
Why have I been invited to participate?
Through professional bodies and advertising, we have invited coaches working in English throughout the world to participate. Coaches participating in the research should be external coaches working with organisational clients. If you took part in Stage 1 of the project, you are still welcome to take part in Stage 2. The data will be held separately and we will not be able to identify participants from either stage.
Do I have to take part?
It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part in this research study. If you do decide to take part we will ask you to confirm that you have read and understood this information sheet along with a privacy notice that will explain how your data will be collected and used, and you will be prompted to indicate your consent to the data being used. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.
What will happen to me if I take part?
You will be asked to record the topics of discussion of any current coaching engagements at three natural key review points (beginning, middle, and end). Your records will be captured on a web-based tool where you will be able to choose from a specified list of topics at each review point of your coaching engagement. You are asked to record data as quickly as possible after the coaching conversation using your own reflective practice notes for reference. We estimate that your time commitment would be a maximum of 30 minutes for each coaching engagement. You can choose to record data relating to up to three coaching engagements. All data will be anonymised.
What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part? (where appropriate)
We do not see any downside to your participation other then the time involved.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
You may find that reflecting on your practice may contribute to your supervision and professional development.
We will also be including a wide range of developmental resources on the web platform to help you develop your own practice. This is not part of the study itself, but to compensate you for your contribution.
For the discipline of coaching as a whole we intend the study to add significantly to our understanding of how coaching is carried out in organisations. This will also help to develop more focused professional development and education for coaches.
Will what I say in this study be kept confidential?
All the information collected will be kept strictly confidential (subject to legal limitations). Your data will be anonymously provided and we will ask you not to share any information that may identify coaching clients or client organisations.
In order to record data you will be asked to create a login account which will consist only of an id and password. You can select your own id and we recommend that you choose an id that would not compromise your anonymity. We will ask for a ‘recovery email’ address so that we can support you should you forget your password. We recommend that you use an email address that would not otherwise identify you.
Any demographic data will be insufficient to identify individuals and will be used only to understand patterns of practice. Data will be stored securely by Oxford Brookes University and retained for 10 years after the completion of the research, which is in line with the University’s current policy.
What should I do if I want to take part?
To participate you simply need to create an anonymous login account on this website and record your coaching topics by choosing the best description from the options. You can sign in whenever you wish and record the starting, middle and end topics for up to three client interventions. We have temporarily extended the end date for data input due to the disruption caused by Covid-19. Please see the home page or the blog page (‘Bonus Content’) for latest news..
What will happen to the results of the research study?
The results of the research will be presented at the McLean Hospital/Institute of Coaching annual conference. We will also publish in academic journals and practitioner publications. A summary will be available on request once it is completed.
Who is organising and funding the research?
The study is being carried out by Prof. Tatiana Bachkirova and Dr Peter Jackson, both of whom are staff of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies, in the Oxford Brookes Business School. The research is funded by McLean Hospital/Institute of Coaching through the Harnisch Research Grant scheme.
Who has reviewed the study?
The research has been approved by the University Research Ethics Committee, Oxford Brookes University.
Contact for further information
If you have any concerns about the way in which the study has been conducted, you should contact the Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee on firstname.lastname@example.org.