Dear MLPA Initiative participant,
Thank you very much to those of you who have already responded to our initial invitation to participate in an online survey exploring how the MarineMap software aided individual and group thinking during the Marine Life Protection Area (MLPA) Initiative. If you have not yet had a chance to complete the survey, we would highly value your participation. We ask that you complete the survey by June 30, 2012.
As you probably know from your participation in the MLPA Initiative, MarineMap was used extensively to create, refine, and discuss proposed marine protected areas (MPAs). Our research study is investigating how specific features of the tool and circumstances in which it was used influenced participants’ decision-making. Our hope is to eventually inform future software design.
Given your commitment to the MLPA Initiative and MPA planning process, I hope this project will be of interest and that you will agree to participate in the survey. (To thank you for your time, you will also have the chance to enter a random drawing to win one of three $50 Amazon.com gift cards.)
Click here to access the online survey; it should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. All results will remain anonymous and confidential; the Stanford University Institutional Review Board has approved this study.
The research is being carried out by Amanda E. Cravens and Dr. Nicole Ardoin of Stanford University with the support of Dr. Will McClintock of UC Santa Barbara. Any of the team members will be pleased to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Thank you in advance for your participation,
Amanda E. Cravens
Dr. Nicole Ardoin
Dr. Will McClintock
University of California – Santa Barbara