Evaluation of the AFL's 2012/13 Community Education Training

Participant information

Please the read the following information carefully.

In 2012 and 2013, the AFL has been delivering community education to players and support staff in community football clubs, and have engaged the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) to evaluate the training. Funding for this evaluation has been provided by the AFL.


Dr Sue Dyson (s.dyson@latrobe.edu.au), Jo Grzelinska (J.Grzelinska@latrobe.edu.au). Telephone: (03) 9479 8710.

Aim of the survey

This survey aims to understand the impact of the training from your perspective as a participant. We will ask you questions about things that were covered in the training last year. These will include your knowledge, attitudes and how you think you might act in relation to alcohol and illicit drugs and respectful relationships. We will also ask you about your opinions about the way the training was delivered. Your participation will assist the AFL to continuously improve its community education training in future.

How you came to be invited to participate.

Because the AFL knows which clubs they delivered training at last year, your club or league's management has been asked to circulate an invitation to all players and playing support staff who may have attended the training using the footy web email system.

Eligibility to participate.

To be eligible to participate you must have attended the training, and be aged 17 years or older. You will not be asked any identifying information so your responses will be completely anonymous and none of your answers will identify you in any way. There are no foreseeable risks to you associated with the questionnaire. It is not compulsory for you to participate and no-one will know whether or not you decide to answer the questionnaire. Because some of the questions ask about respectful relationships there is a slight possibility that they may raise some concerns for some people. At the end of this questionnaire is a list of counselling services you can approach to discuss any concerns that may be raised as you complete the survey.

How we will use the data from the survey.

Once you submit your completed survey it will be merged with all other completed questionnaires and no one person will be identifiable. Because of this it will not be possible for you to receive a copy of your own completed questionnaire, or withdraw it from the study.

What will happen to the information I provide?

The collected information from all completed surveys will be detailed in a data base and analysed to identify themes in response to the evaluation aims. A report will be written and submitted to the AFL, who will own the data. We will not therefore be able to send you copies of the report. It is also possible that journal articles and academic conference presentations will be made one the findings of the evaluation. Data from the study will be retained for five years after its completion after which it will be disposed of according to the university guidelines for secure disposal.


By completing the survey you will be contributing to a greater understanding about the effectiveness of community education programs such as the one you participated in, how well the AFL is implementing such programs, and informing future directions for the Respect and Responsibility program.

How long will it take to complete the survey?

The survey will take up to 15-20 minutes to complete, most answers require simple multiple choice answers but some ask for you to write short answers. The time will vary according to how much you wish to write. There will be about 50 questions in all.

Any questions regarding this project may be directed to the Investigators, Sue Dyson and Jo Grzelinska of the School of Public Health on 03 9479 8710, or email s.dyson@latrobe.edu.au or J.Grzelinska@latrobe.edu.au.

If you have any complaints or queries that the investigator has not been able to answer to your satisfaction, you may contact the Chair of the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Ethics Committee, at La Trobe University, Melbourne, 3086, ph: 03 9479 3583, e-mail: health@latrobe.edu.au


If you would like to complete the survey, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AFLCommunityEducation