Frequently Asked Questions

What communities are participating in the current TDI pilot study?
The current TDI pilot study includes the communities of Richmond, Revelstoke, Powell River, the Kootenays, Campbell River and Comox Valley. If you live in one of these communities, we want to hear from you! Complete the TDI questionnaire here or contact the TDI Research Project Coordinator for more information.

Do participants get anything for completing the TDI questionnaire?
We value participant’s time! Participants who complete the TDI can choose to be entered into a draw for a $50 grocery gift certificate.

For participants who complete the TDI online, they will be prompted at the end of the questionnaire to fill out an online ballot form. There will be a draw for all online participants at the end of data collection (Summer 2020) and winners will be notified by email.

For those who complete the paper questionnaire, TDI facilitators are asked to gather the participant’s ballot. We have $50 for a gift certificate for each community to facilitate a local draw. How you decide to facilitate the community draw is up to you.

Are any questions on the TDI questionnaire sensitive for parents or caregivers to complete?
We ensure all responses are confidential so that there is no identification at the individual level. The TDI questionnaire gives parents a voice. By voicing what may be sensitive to disclose, potential challenges can be measured and awareness raised and, in the long term, hopefully contribute to change. If the TDI is completed in an environment in which parents can, after or during completion of the TDI, talk to ECD professionals and connect to resources, services and information, this may serve as a support around potentially sensitive topics.

Why does the TDI ask for personal information?
Personal data collected, such as age and gender, are helpful for research purposes and are managed with utmost respect to legislation that protects everyone’s personal information. In line with BC’s strict privacy regulations, individual responses are never reported.

From the data we gather, researchers may apply to “link” the data to other administrative and research data. This allows researchers to study trends in childhood development, better understand the policy and program differences that influence developmental outcomes, and contribute to our understanding about how to make improvements for children in British Columbia. Researchers who receive permission to use HELP data for research or statistical purposes are provided anonymized data that cannot be connected to any individual student. Researchers do NOT receive Identifier data (date of birth, postal codes, or Personal Health Numbers).

Finally, you do not need to fill out your child’s personal information if you prefer. You can still fill out the rest of the questionnaire questions and leave the personal information questions blank. However, if you choose to complete all the questions, we have privacy protection in place whereby questionnaire data are de-identified. Personal Health Numbers are removed, encrypted, and stored separately from the rest of the questionnaire responses. Age is calculated from date of birth, enabling date of birth to be removed and stored separately from questionnaire data. Postal codes are used for aggregate reporting by community or neighbourhood in groups of 35 or more, so that individual children can never be identified.