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Electronic Music Scene Survey (EMSS)

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We would like to invite you to participate in a study about the European nightlife scene. Taking part is entirely voluntary, and you can decide to stop at any stage.

Please read the following information sheet carefully before deciding whether to take part. You can contact the research team by clicking here if you have any further questions.

About the Electronic Music Scene Survey

This study aims to gather information about the nightlife scene in five European countries – UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Italy. We are also interested in alcohol and/or other drug use, but we still want to hear your views and experiences - whether or not you ever consume alcohol and/or other drugs.

There are two surveys in this study. The first is being run now. The second will be launched one year later (the follow up survey). We would like you to take part in both surveys. This will enable us to investigate changes in nightlife engagement over time.

What happens if I decide to take part?

In order to take part, you must be between 18 and 34 years old. You must also have attended at least 6 dance/ electronic music events in the last 12 months. By dance/ electronic music event, we mean any club night, festival, rave etc. that you have attended that played music that could be broadly described as ‘dance’ or ‘electronic’. You must also currently live in either the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden or Italy.

If you do decide to take part, you will be asked to confirm that you meet the inclusion criteria above. You will also be asked to provide consent for your data to be used in our research, and for us to contact you in a year’s time to invite you to take part in the follow up survey. You will be asked to provide an email address. We will use this to contact you to ask you to complete the second survey in a year’s time. We will only ask for your email address and not for your name, address or any other contact details. Your email address will be stored separately from your survey responses.

When you have provided your consent and a contact email address, you will be re-directed to the start of the survey. The surveys will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Taking part is entirely voluntary, and you are able to withdraw your participation at any stage. If you wish to withdraw, email the research team and your data will be deleted.

We are also currently planning a single, additional paid study related to this survey. You may be eligible to take part in this additional study, depending on some of your answers to this survey. We will ask you whether you consent to being contacted via the email you provide about taking part in this additional study if you are eligible. You do not have to consent to this to take part in the survey.

What kind of questions will I be asked?

Most questions will focus on your attendance at various nightlife events, alcohol and/or other drug use. We want to know the positive as well as the negative effects of drug use in nightlife settings, and reasons behind your decisions about whether or not you use alcohol and/or other drugs.

You will also be asked for some demographic information such as your age and gender, and questions about your health.

What are the benefits or risks in participating?

You will be entered into a prize draw for completing the first online survey. Winners will be notified by email. Available prizes include 3 MacBook Airs (13-inch 128 GB); 3 Apple iPads (Air 2); 3 Bluetooth speakers (UE Boom2); and 45 £20 gift vouchers.

The first 1000 people per country to complete the follow up survey in 2018 will receive a £20 Amazon gift voucher, and everyone who completes the follow up will be entered into a prize draw. Available prizes include 6 MacBook Airs (13-inch 128 GB); 6 Apple iPads (Air 2); and 15 Bluetooth speakers (UE Boom2).

Another incentive for you to take part is furthering the understanding of the European nightlife scene. The information you provide will be used to write national reports and scientific papers. We hope this information will help to improve the nightlife scene and make it safer for people who use alcohol and/or other drugs.

There are no foreseeable risks in participating in the survey. Your responses will be stored anonymously and will not be linked to your email address. We do not collect your IP address, and you can withdraw your participation at any stage.

Will the information I provide be kept confidential?

Both online surveys are hosted by Qualtrics, which ensures secure and encrypted data capture and storage. Data will be stored on servers that are physically located in the EU, and will not leave the EU.

All of the answers you provide will remain anonymous and strictly confidential. Your responses to the survey and your email address will be stored on physically separate servers. Your email address will be used only to contact you in one year’s time to invite you to participate in the follow up survey, and to inform you if you qualify for the £20 voucher or are selected in the prize draws. If you are selected in the prize draws then we will then ask for further contact details to allow us to post the prize. If you consent, we will use the same email to contact you about the additional paid study if you are eligible.

Only a small number of researchers in the five countries will have access to your contact information. You can find out more about these researchers here. Under certain circumstances, we may share fully anonymised data, however no one other than the research teams involved in data collection will ever be given access to your contact information.

The UK Data Protection Act 1998 will apply to all information collected and stored during the study. Data and email addresses will be stored as encrypted, password secured digital computer files and on encrypted cloud based servers located in the EU.

How is the Electronic Music Scene Survey funded?

The Electronic Music Scene Survey is part of the ALAMA Nightlife study, funded by the European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs (ERANID; http://www.eranid.eu/projects/alama-nightlife). It is being run by academic researchers across Europe (UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Italy) who are interested in the nightlife scene and drug use. The Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit at University College London, UK, are coordinating the running of the online surveys. You can find out about our work and meet the teams by visiting our website.

This study has received ethical approval from University College London Research Ethic Committee (Project ID: 10437/001).

Any further questions?

If you have any further questions or would like more information about the Electronic Music Scene Survey, please get in touch by clicking here or using the contact details below:

Key Researcher: Jonathan Waldron
Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit, UCL
4th Floor, 1-19 Torrington Place

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