Outdoor play is fundamental for children’s development as it can promote healthy social and physical development, emotional wellbeing, self-confidence, risk management and overall physical activity. Yet opportunities for children’s outdoor play have been decreasing across generations largely due to parental concerns about safety. This trend must be reversed and it requires a big societal shift.

Recognising this urgent need, the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Unit has developed the Risk Reframing workshop to help parents and early child educators learn the importance of outdoor play for children and develop strategies for letting them engage in healthy outdoor play. This workshop has been delivered across Canada over 3 years, resulting positive changes in behaviour, practice and policy among workshop participants.

However, the Risk Reframing workshop is available only in-person which is not the most efficient or practical way for promoting the large-scale societal shift. To this, we proposed to translate the workshop to an online format, making it amenable to a broader population. This idea led to the creation of the Go Play Outside! project, funded by the Lawson Foundation. Working closely with the Strategy & Innovation Lab in the Department of Pediatrics, UBC, we have successfully produced the Go Play Outside! online tool.

Study Participation


Now that we have the Go Play Outside! online tool in place, we’d like to evaluate the efficacy of this tool with two other educational tools that we have developed using a method called Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT).

We invite mothers of children aged 6 to 12 years, residing in Metro Vancouver to participate in a survey study on children’s outdoor play. Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to one of the following three study groups and invited to take our survey at 3 different times. Each survey can take 15-30 minutes to complete, depending which study group they are assigned to.

Study groups What is expected Total time commitment Total amount of honorarium
Online tool A Participants will receive a link to our online tool A to review and take our survey at three different times.* 60-90 min $60
Online tool B Participants will receive a link to our online tool B to review and take our survey at three different times.* 70-90 min $60
In-person workshop Participants will receive attend an in-person workshop and take our survey at three different times.* 3-4 hours $90

*Time 1: initial time; Time 2: one week after; Time 3; three months after.

Unfortunately you cannot choose your group as this is a Randomized Controlled Trial study. However you will be provided with the information on all three tools at the end of the study.

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Study Participation FAQs

Potential Risks: No risks are expected as a result of participating in this study. Nonetheless, if you feel any distress during the study, you can withdraw at any time without any penalty.

Potential Benefits: While there may not be any direct benefit from participating in this study, potential benefits can result from learning about children’s outdoor play, being able to “voice” your opinion and knowing that you are contributing to developing an innovative online tool that educate parents and others about the importance of outdoor play for children.

Confidentiality: Your confidentiality will be respected. You will be assigned a unique study number as a participant in this study. This number will not include any personal information that could identify you. Research records and data that can indirectly identifying you (e.g., email address, demographic questions) may, nonetheless, be inspected in the presence of the Principal Investigator by representatives of the Lawson Foundation, Health Canada, and University of British Columbia Research Ethics Board for the purpose of monitoring the research. No information or records that disclose your identity will be published without your consent, nor will any information or records that disclose your identity be removed or released without your consent unless required by law.

Your rights to privacy are legally protected by federal and provincial laws that require safeguards to ensure that your privacy is respected. You also have the legal right of access to the information about you that has been collected for this study, and an opportunity to correct any errors in this information, if needed. Further details about these laws are available on request to your study researcher.

Your survey responses will be stored in a password protected folder in a secured network at the BC Children’s Hospital Research for 5 years. Only research staff associated with the project will have access to them for the purpose of data cleaning and analysis. After 5 years, these will be destroyed (i.e., permanently deleted). Any identifiable information (e.g., demographic information, email address) will be encrypted and stored in a password protected folder in a secured network at the BC Children’s Hospital or in a locked cabinet at Dr. Brussoni’s BC Children’s Hospital Research office.

Remuneration/Compensation: To acknowledge your time and contribution to the study, you will receive $30 upon completion of the first round of the survey and then $15 for each follow-up survey you complete (1 week after and 3 months after). For those who are assigned to the In-Person group will receive additional $30 when attending in-person workshop.

Contact for information about the study: If you have any questions or concerns about what we are asking of you, please contact Dr. Mariana Brussoni at mbrussoni@bcchr.ca or 604-875-3712; Christina Han, research coordinator at chan@bcchr.ca or 604-875-2000 ext 2433; or Takuro Ishikawa, graduate academic assistant at tishikawa@bcchr.ca or 604-875-2000 ext 6708.

Contact for concerns about the rights of research subjects: If you have any concerns or complaints about your rights as a research participant and/or your experiences while participating in this study, contact the Research Participant Complaint Line in the UBC Office of Research Ethics at 604-822-8598 or if long distance e-mail RSIL@ors.ubc.ca or call toll free 1-877-822-8598.

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