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The Use of the Behavioral Engineering Model to Examine the Training and Delivery of Feedback

Information Sheet

You are being asked to complete a survey to share your general experiences, training, challenges and successes, and support for providing feedback to employees that report to you. You are also being asked to participate in an optional phone interview to expand on the abovementioned topics as well as the challenges and successes you have experienced with providing feedback to employees that report to you. You are being asked to participate in this study because you are a manager with at least one employee that reports directly to you. The feedback provided is being used to further the study the underlying elements that may inhibit managers from providing effective feedback.
Responsible principal Investigator:
Jill Stefaniak, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Education, STEM Education & Professional Studies, Old Dominion University
Melanie Ross, Graduate Student in Instructional Design and Technology, Old Dominion University
If you take part in the study, you will be asked to participate in (1) an online survey that will consist of approximately 55 questions regarding your experiences with training, resources, and feelings and attitudes for providing feedback to employees that report directly to you, and (2) an optional phone interview that will consist of approximately 11 questions regarding your general experiences, the training received, challenges and successes experienced, and support you receive(d) for providing feedback to employees that report directly to you.
The survey will take approximately twenty minutes to complete and the interview will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. You will have the ability to start, stop, and restart the interview where you left off, should a situation arise.
RISKS: There are no known risks at this time to participate in this study.
BENEFITS: You will be able to assess your training, skills, and attitudes as a manager to provide effective feedback to employees who report to you. This self-assessment activity can be used to reflect upon how to strengthen any identified areas of weakness.   
There will be no costs to you for participation in this research study. The researchers are unable to give you any payment for participating in this study.
If the researchers find new information during this study that would reasonably change your decision about participating, then they will inform you.
All information obtained about you in this study is strictly confidential unless disclosure is required by law. The results of this study may be used in reports, presentations and publications, but the researcher will not identify you.
It is OK for you to say NO.  Even if you say YES now, you are free to say NO later, and walk away or withdraw from the study at any time. Your decision will not affect your relationship with any associated organizations.
If you have any questions about this study now or in the future, you may contact the investigator, Melanie Ross, at the following phone number: 703-728-7899 or at You may also contact the responsible principal investigator, Jill Stefaniak, at the following phone number: 757-683-6696 or at  If at any time you feel pressured to participate, or if you have any questions about your rights or this form, then you should contact Dr. Petros Katsioloudis, Chair of the Darden College of Education human Subjects Review Committee, Old Dominion University, at
By completing this survey, you are agreeing to participate in this study.
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