Welcome to the BIG research project!

We would like to ask you if you would like to participate in a research project. Below you will find information about the project and what it means to participate.

The research head of the project is the University of Gävle. The research leader is the organisation responsible for the study. The BIG project aims to understand which environments in Gävle promote individual, social, and ecological health.

Who can participate?

If you live in the municipality of Gävle, are at least 15 years old and at most 79 years old, with no pre-existing mobility or cardiovascular issues you can participate in the study.

What are the benefits of participating?

There are many benefits associated with participating in the project.

First, you can one of the 500 people who are selected and offered to buy a Garmin Vivosmart 4 for 99 SEK instead of 1.199SEK. After the study is terminated you get to keep the watch. However, if you cancel your participation or do not complete the study, you will have to return the watch or pay an additional 550 SEK to keep it (649 SEK in total).

Second, as a participant in the study, you will be entered into a raffle at the end of 2021 and one at the end of 2022 for a chance to win several prizes including e-bicycles. The more questionnaires you answer, the higher your chances of winning will be.

Third, MyGävle offers a moment of reflection about what are the positive or negative aspects of your everyday life. Together with all the other data collected it also offers you the possibility to understand how your daily life affects your health and wellbeing.

Lastly, you'll be contributing to research that aims to understand how to create cities where individual, social, and ecological co-exist and promote each other. All the data that you provide us is the first step to eventually improve the living landscape of Gävle.

What are the risks of participating?

The research will collect your personal data over a long period of time. It may feel uncomfortable to give away personal data.

How does the study work?

You will be asked to fill in a profile page here in the app with information about your gender, age, home address, address for work or school, income level, education level, marital status, and how long you have lived in Gävle.

Afterwards, there will be two questionnaires that you are asked to reply to. One questionnaire is about your everyday experiences in Gävle. This short survey asks you to locate ‘good’ or ‘bad’ experiences in Gävle based on where you have been. This questionnaire is how we collect information about your personal experience of Gävle and should be answered at least once every two weeks. Additionally, at the beginning of every season in in 2021 and 2022 you will be asked to answer a baseline survey that aims to evaluate your perceived health and wellbeing and your level of connection with the community.

Using the GPS sensor of your smartphone, MyGävle will collect data on where and when you interact with the city of Gävle.

Some participants will be offered the opportunity to purchase a Garmin Vivosmart 4 activity watch for 99 SEK (regular price 1.199 SEK) to wear during the project. The watch will collect information on physical activity. In case you are part of the representative study, win the shuffle prizes, or we have issues accessing your data we will contact you via the notifications of MyGävle app or via your email address.

How long will the study last?

The study will run from September 2021 to October 2022.

What happens to my data?

Your personal data is collected for use in research. According to the EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), research carried out by state higher education institutions is a task of public interest. Your personal data will be compiled by the app, de-identified, and stored on a protected part of the University of Gävle's server. Only authorised researchers will be able to access the information collected about you and only for research purposes. You have the right to access, free of charge, the information about you that is processed in the study, and to have any errors corrected if necessary. You may also request that data concerning you be deleted and that the processing of your personal data be restricted. If you wish to access the data, please contact the principal investigator of the study, Matteo Giusti (matteo.giusti@hig.se) or Karl Samuelsson (karl.samuelsson@hig.se). The Data Protection Officer can be reached at registrator@hig.se, 026-64 88 56. You can also find these contact details later under the Settings tab. If you are dissatisfied with the way your personal data is processed, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Authority, which is the supervisory authority.

Participation is voluntary

Your participation is voluntary and you can choose to withdraw at any time. If you choose not to participate or wish to discontinue your participation, you do not need to state your reasons, nor will it affect the way you are treated or responded to. If you wish to discontinue your participation, you can do so via the ‘exit the study’ function in the Setting tab of the app.

Responsible for the study

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the principal investigator of the study, Matteo Giusti (matteo.giusti@hig.se) or Karl Samuelsson (karl.samuelsson@hig.se). You can also find this consent form and these contact details later in the Settings tab.