Page 1: Information and consent

Thanks for being willing to take part in this survey.

In order to be part of this study, you need to be (or have been) involved with some form of work 'for the common good'. This may be voluntary or charitable work, you may have been an employee or as a volunteer. It could be formal or informal, something 'broad based' like campaigning or something very specific, like delivering a project.

What I'm interested in is understanding what it is that has motivated you to get involved and take action of any sort in the first place.

If you're still interested in taking part, please see the information below which explains what I'm doing, and then give your consent, in order to get to the questions. 

Spiritual Capital in Post Secular Society: A project to understand what motivates and enables people to engage in charitable work or social activism in contemporary British & Northern Irish society.


Thanks for your interest in taking part in this research project. Before you decide to get involved, you should understand why the research is being done and what it will involve.

Please take a little time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.

You can ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

What is the purpose of the project?

The point of this project is to understand why people are engaged in charitable work, or other kinds of social action projects. It is partly about understanding their motivation, and partly to do with recognising what sort of things enable people to get involved with causes that are important to them.

Why have I been chosen?

Anyone who is involved in charitable work or social action in the UK is invited to take part in the survey, the survey is expected to get more than 100 participants. Some individuals, who have founded, or initiated projects, groups or organisations may be asked to take part in a further interview.

Do I have to take part?

It is entirely up to you to decide whether or not to take part in this research. If you do decide to take part you can still withdraw at any time without needing to give a reason, until the data analysis stage is complete. If you complete a survey and are then asked to take part in an interview, you can still refuse to do so. If you do take part in the project, you can choose not to talk about anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.

How long will it take?

This survey will take approximately ten minutes to complete. If you are asked to take part in an interview it is likely to take about an hour.

What are the possible benefits/risks of taking part?

There are no foreseeable risks to you taking part in this research, nor are there are any direct foreseeable benefits. In the long term, having a better understanding of what motivates and enables people to engage in this kind of work may mean that more people are able to become engaged in charitable causes or social action.

Use, dissemination and storage of research data

Your data will be stored securely, and unless we specifically agree otherwise, your data will be anonymised. All survey data will be anonymous, interview data will use pseudonyms where appropriate. The data will be used in the publication of a PhD thesis, and aspects of it may be used for conference papers and articles. Data pertaining to interviews will be destroyed by 30 December 2024.

What will happen to my personal information?

Your personal information will be kept safe, and you will remain entirely anonymous unless we specifically agree otherwise.

Who is organising the research?

This research is being carried out as part of a PhD project by Simon Cross, at the University of Hull.

I hereby agree to participate in this study to be undertaken by: Simon Cross, and I understand that the purpose of the research is to gain an understanding of the development of ‘spiritual capital’ in contemporary society. And I hereby declare that I understand the following: All data will be de-identified using pseudonyms and stored using secure servers and password protected devices. It will be destroyed on 30 December 2024. Any information that I provide will not be made public in any form that could reveal my identity to an outside party (i.e. that I will remain fully anonymous). Aggregated results will be used for research purposes and may be reported in academic journals. Individual results will not be released to any person except at my request and on my authorisation. I am free to withdraw my consent at any time during the research period, prior to the finishing of the analysis, in which event my participation will immediately stop and any information obtained from me will not be used. The contact details of the researcher Simon Cross are: The contact details of the secretary to the Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education (FACE) Ethics Committee are: Beth Luker-Barrow, Research Office, FACE, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX. tel. 01482 462212. Email: