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Informed Consent Forms

If you are doing interviews, you should think about informed consent forms and handling data if you conduct interviews. The German Data Forum (RatSWD) provides information and generally publishes recommendations in German, but the latest recommendations are a bit dated.

There is no consent form provided by the university, so you can work with other templates or develop your own categories of asking for consent, alongside with some of the recommendations.

Thorsten Dresing and his team (who have developed the interview transcritpion software (f4)) provide a template for consent forms for interviews at their website audiotranskription.de. These are very detailed and also include the "new" 2018 EU data protection ordinance (in German), in case you have to ask for special consent (i.e. categories according to §9 (1) DGSVO).

This form/template is a good start for doing interviews with informed consent, but please ask your supervisor for advice.  Not all parts in this template are necessary for your specific research project. You can adapt any template to your purpose of research. The data protection issues are particularly important for projects that handle sensible data or if you include a third party or a service/assistant to transcribe your data.

In short:

1. Inform your interview partners in advance about the research project and the consent form you have adapted: that you want to record/transcribe and analyse the interview. Explain for what purpose your research is intended, who has access to the data and how you will handle data and data protection. Also, let your interview partners know that they have the right to withdraw at any time and provide them with a copy of the adapted written consent form. Keep the email correspondence if necessary. 

3. Store your data in a safe and password-protected place, such as the university server or the repository. Do not store personal data in a cloud. Also, try to keep the data within the reach of the EU ordinance for data protection. Also, have a look at the FAQ point research data management here at the Library.