Characteristics of Arts Education Leadership and Ways to Build Leadership Capacity

Protocol Number: 2023E0753
Principal Investigator: Dr. Rachel Skaggs
Co-Investigator: Gillian Kim
Researchers’ Institution: The Ohio State University

Informed Consent Form
This is a consent form for your research participation. It contains important information about the study and what to expect if you decide to participate. Your participation is voluntary. Please consider the below information carefully. If you have any questions regarding your participation, you can send an email to to ask your questions.

Arts education leaders over the age of 18 who are currently working in any of the following sectors: government, nonprofit arts and education, schools, communities and homes, business or philanthropy. We are seeking individuals who can share their disposition, knowledge and skills to grow their leadership.

Research Procedure
You will participate in a one-to-one interview with the co-investigator. The semi-structured interview is designed to ask open-ended questions in a casual atmosphere and encourage two-way communication. Interviewees can ask questions to the interviewer at any time for their clarification. The interview will take approximately 40 to 60 minutes.

This study uses snowball sampling to recruit the interviewees. Interview participants may forward research recruitment information to potential interviewees in their professional network. When potential interviewees complete the online consent form, the co-investigator will contact potential interviewees via the email that has been provided on their consent form.

Minimal risks will be anticipated in this study as a result of sharing personal experiences as an arts education leader. However, you may decide to stop at any time, and you will not face any consequences. If you experience any discomfort in participating in this study, you may terminate your participation. If you have decided that you would not want to have your results included in this study, you may inform the researcher and your results will be excluded.

While there will be no direct benefit to you in participating in this study, your participation will help researchers to learn more about the characteristics of arts education leaders. This information could be used to improve strategies to support future generations of arts education leaders.

Participant Rights:
You may refuse to participate in this study without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. If you are a student or employee at Ohio State, your decision will not affect your grades or employment status.

If you choose to participate in the study, you may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits. By agreeing to participate, you do not give up any personal legal rights you may have as a participant in this study.

This study has been determined Exempt from IRB review.

The data in this study will be kept confidential. Your interview notes and records will be kept on password-protected computers. Only research team members will have access to them. We will ensure that no one has access to your responses without permission. However, because we are using the Internet, there is a chance that someone could access your online responses without permission. In some cases, this information could be used to identify you.

While it is understood that no computer transmission can be perfectly secured, reasonable efforts will be made to protect the confidentiality of your transmission. The information that has been requested on this website will be securely saved by login credentials and a two-step authentication process.

The coded data could be used for future research without additional consent from participants.

For any inquiries of this particular study, please feel free to contact the research via the email address as stated below:
Director: Jamie Kasper -
Researcher’s Supervisor: Rachel Skaggs -
Researcher: Gillian Kim -

This study has been determined exempt from IRB review. For questions about your rights as a participant in this study or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact the Office of Responsible Research Practices at 1-800-678-6251 or


I confirm that I am eligible to participate in this research study. This means I am an adult over the age of 18, who is currently working in arts education sectors in the United States.(Required)
I agree that the interview will be electronically recorded for the research purpose.(Required)
I give consent for the interview contents I share with this research project to be used in findings as part of data/reference materials and republished in subsequent publications.(Required)
Your identity will remain coded in this study and any publication associated with the study unless you elect to have your identity declared. Your identifiable information includes your name, title and organization. How do you wish to be represented in this study?(Required)

Demographic Questions

The study’s investigators will use the information provided below to ensure a range of participant identities and experiences as possible. The information is voluntary; you can skip any question(s) you do not want to answer.
Which arts education sector(s) do you work in? (Choose all that apply.)
At which level is your current or most recent professional position(s)?
How many years of professional experience do you have in arts education?
Where is your workplace based?
Where do you spend most of your work time (if different from where your workplace is based)?
What is your highest level of education?
In what range is your current age?
How do you describe your ethnicity? (Choose all that apply.)
What best describes your gender identity?
What best describes your current employment status?


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