Participant Information Sheet

Information about this research project:



Research Introduction

The Heart of England Community Foundation (HoECF) works with donors to make communities in the West Midlands stronger places to live, work and play.

The Foundation award grants to grassroots organisations working in your community that have the knowledge and skills to tackle local issues.

This research project will help understand the issues which are important for you and your community.

Gaining a better understanding of your community and its needs is crucial in supporting the Foundation to shape its future funding opportunities across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.



Why have you been chosen to participate in this research?

As an individual living in one of the research areas (Coventry, Warwickshire or Solihull), you are well-placed to provide an informed insight on the community needs that you consider to be a priority for HoE to address through its grant making activities.

Do I have to take part?

No, participation is completely voluntary and you can withdraw from the process at any point.

What do I have to do?

We would like you to complete a questionnaire which we expect will take approximately 20 minutes. Within this questionnaire we will explore specific aspects of community need that you consider to be important. You will also be required to complete a consent form to confirm your agreement to participate in the research.

What are the risks associated with this project?

This research project has been rigorously reviewed and approved through Coventry University’s ethics review process. We do not consider that your participation presents any significant risks to you but should you have any concerns at any point we would encourage you to raise them with the research team.

What are the benefits of taking part?

This research offers the possibility of gaining an improved understanding of community needs across the research area. We expect that the insights from this research will help to inform a range of HoE’s grant making activity and, ultimately, we hope this will improve the support HoE provides to those individuals and groups who are most in need.


We also hope to share the insights from this research more widely, through conference papers, publications and higher education teaching.

What are the withdrawal options?

You will be able to withdraw from the research at any point. However, the answers will be fully anonymised, it will not therefore, be possible to withdraw your answers from the study once you have completed the survey as it will not be possible to eliminate your responses from others.

Will what I say be confidential?

The information we collect will be treated with strict guidelines in relation to research confidentiality. Anonymized quotes from the questionnaire may be used as part of the research project, however, details of any individuals involved in our research, and those they might be referring to, will be anonymized, so no one will be able to identify your contribution directly.

If I have a concern about an aspect of the research, how can I raise it?

If you have any concerns about how this research has been conducted you can either raise it directly with the Principal Investigator or any member of the research team by using the contact details noted below.

What will happen with the results of the research?

This research will be used to inform a research report focusing on community need in the areas of Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. This report will help to inform a range of HoE’s grant making activity. Specifically, it will help HoE to make more informed decisions about how best to target its resources.


In addition to the areas noted above the research team will use insights from the research to contribute to academic outputs, such as conference papers, publications and the education of future practitioners.

Who has reviewed this study?

This research project has been rigorously reviewed and approved through Coventry University’s ethics review process.

Research team contact details:

Questionnaire contact person: Dr Michael Whelan, (Principal Investigator)

E-mail:        Phone: 024 7765 8922

Full research team:

  • Dr Kate Carr-Fanning (Co- Investigator)
  • Sian Ponting (Co- Investigator) 
  • Nim Bahia (Co- Investigator)
  • Dr Brian McShane (Co-Investigator)

Postal Address:

Coventry University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5FB