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PhD Project: Social impact of technology via digital social innovation in Australia

Purpose of the research

The aim of this study is to investigate how technology is contributing to social impact through digital social innovation in Australia. If your organisation/project supports/operates online services that do all of the following, we invite you to take part:

  • COMMUNITY Focuses on grassroots or “bottom-up” communities of users
  • DISRUPTIVE Uses online/digital tools or methods in a disruptive way
  • COLLABORATIVE Creates a “network effect” through collaboration online
  • IMPACT Makes a positive social impact

What will I be asked to do?

Should you agree to participate, you may contribute in the following ways. We estimate that the time required is 20 minutes for each activity. The total time would not exceed 60 minutes for 1-3 research activities, but most will only do the first. Activity 4 could be up to one hour.

  1. Register on the DSI4AU website digitalsocial.org.au and complete a profile to be included in the crowdmap of Australian Digital Changemakers.
  2. Undertake a follow up online survey using the DSI impact model.
  3. Be interviewed either face to face or via an online service if required.
  4. Attend a focus group discussion or event where the research project will be outlined.

How will my Information be protected?

We intend to protect your anonymity and the confidentiality of your responses to the fullest possible extent, subject to any legal requirements. Your name and contact details will be kept in a password-protected computer file, separate from any data that you supply. The data will be kept securely in the School of Political and Social Sciences for five years from the date of publication, and may be destroyed after this time. Participation is completely voluntary. Should you wish to withdraw at any stage, or to withdraw any unprocessed data you have supplied, you are free to do so without prejudice.

What happens after the project is finished?

Once the project is finished participants will be given access to the results of the research via their own account in the website www.digitalsocial.org.au. Results will be provided in the form of a summary report. Results will be emailed to participants who have indicated their interest in receiving a report by including their email address on the consent form. The results will be promoted via the DSI4AU website and Twitter @dsi4au. It is intended that the results will be published and presented via a variety of methods for example publications, conference presentations, seminars and other public events.

We are seeking participants to participate in the above project, which is being completed by student researcher Kelly Hutchinson under the supervision of Professor Helen Sullivan and Dr Sara Bice of the School of Political and Social Sciences at The University of Melbourne. You are invited to submit a listing or your organisation and project are actively using online services for social impact in Australia.

Where can I get further information?

If you would like more information about the project, please contact the researchers whose details are listed below. For general enquiries about the project please contact us on email contact@digitalsocial.org.au or via Twitter @dsi4au

What if I have any concerns about the project?

Should you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the project, please contact Ms Kate Murphy, Manager, Human Research Ethics – Office for Research Ethics and Integrity, University of +61 3 8344 2073 HumanEthics-complaints@unimelb.edu.au.

How do I agree to participate?

If you would like to participate in this project, please


Thanks to the following organisations for their support of this project

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Scholarship provided by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute Researchers are from the Melbourne School of Government at The University of Melbourne
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Supporting Partner the Pearcey Foundation Supporting Partner the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology Victoria Chapter


2016  Digital Social Innovation Australia Project HREC Number: 1646068.1