Active School Travel Pilot Study

Dr. Jason Gilliland and his research team from Western University are looking for parents and children to participate in a study aimed at piloting tools that will be used in a 5-year research study. The research study is designed to understand how School Travel Planning impacts active transportation to and from school. The study involves parents and grade 4 to 8 students at participating elementary schools across the counties of Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, and the cities of London and St. Thomas.

What will happen in this study?

A parent will be asked to: 

Complete the School Travel Planning Family Survey. The survey asks questions about your children, household, neighbourhood, and your child’s school travel. You will be asked to do this online during a Microsoft Teams call with a researcher. You will be asked to share your screen with the researcher and think aloud (go through your thought process verbally) as you go through each question. You may be asked some questions as you go through the survey. This will take 30-45 minutes.

Participate in an Interview. After you complete the survey, we will ask you questions for 10-15 minutes to make sure you understood what we asked and to find out if there are any questions that were difficult to understand. 

A child will be asked to:

Complete the Online School Travel Planning Youth Survey while being Interviewed. Your child will be asked to participate in a Microsoft Teams interview for 30-45 minutes with a member of our team. During the interview, your child will be asked to…

a.   Complete our Youth Survey. The survey asks questions about your child, their family, and their trips to and from school. They will be asked to share their screen so we can see how they are completing the survey and go through the think aloud process.

b.   Answer open ended questions about the Youth Survey. At the end of the survey, we will ask students some open-ended questions to make sure they understood the questions and find out if there are any areas of the survey that could be improved.

Complete a travel diary while being interviewed Your child will be asked to complete a travel diary describing the modes of travel they take to school. The diary also asks questions about their mood and energy levels. They will be asked what they interpret the questions to mean and if they have any suggestions to improve the diary.

As a thank you…

If you participate in this study your family will receive a $35 gift card of your choice to either Shoppers Drug Mart or Indigo. 

How do I participate?

If you would like to participate in this study, complete the form below and you will be contacted by our team!