The ProQOL Data-bank is a core part of the science of the development of the ProQOL. Raw data from many studies around the world has been donated and combined into a data-bank. Your donation of raw data can help build the ProQOL for future users.
The ProQOL thrives and lives based on generous donations of data from people just like you. Here is information for you to learn how donated data is used.
Please read this information before your data submission.
Please join the effort to understand and measure the positive and negative aspects of helping others.
We conduct ongoing research on the ProQOL. We depend on donations of raw data to build the psychometric properties and norm the ProQOL. The ProQOL is a volunteer effort. People around the world have donated raw data to the data-bank. This allows us to improve the ProQOL and learn about how it is used. If you would like to join others around the world who contribute to our effort, you can donate your data through this site.
Donating your data is easy. You need to read the details of how we use the data and email a file with the data.
1.) Read the FAQs below on what we will do with your data. We will ask you to certify that you have followed good human rights practice and collected your data in a non-coercive way.
2.) In the form below certify that you have read the FAQs, that you did not force people to give you the data, that you have removed any identifying information from your file and that you will provide a coding key to the data.
3.) Make sure your data key identifies each variable name, how things were coded in that variable and what row or column the variable is in. For example, if the variable gender is in column 1 and you coded males as 1 and females as 2, just let us know that.
4.) We can accept data in almost any format including MS Word, Open Office, Google, Excel, CVS, or exported data database programs such as Access or SQL or Google Forms. Data analysis programs such as SPSS, SAS, MiniTab and others can also be accepted.
The FAQs below will give you more specific information. You will have to certify to us that you have read the FAQs before donating your data. Please contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question. We want you to be confident in your donation.
We use your data to improve the ProQOL. We will never keep any identifying information with your data and we will never publish your data individually.
No. The data-bank is not publicly available.
No. We never keep any identifying information on individuals.
No. We never publish any one data-set. Data-sets are compiled together so that no singular data-set can be identified.
For example, we have collected data from multiple studies of nurses. The data is merged as overall nursing data, not specific project data. When we have sufficient data to subdivide a group, we may do that. However, no single data-set is used. We will only use groups larger than 25 cases.
We understand and respect the need to protect the identity of small or unique types of groups.
Some of our data comes from rural areas or specialized types of professions. We understand that people within a particular geographical or professional areas will know that data is being collected from them. Thus, they might be able to “see” themselves or their community and work out the details of the data collection. We are very careful to merge unique or small groups with other data in such a way that they are not identifiable. There are several types of protections we provide. First, we monitor the size of the research subset we analyze. When there are rural or very specialized groups we typically combine them into groups larger than 25. Second, in the case of very specialized professions we merge them with similar but not as specific types of professions.
No. You data will be merged into the larger data-bank. We will never use your data individually. We will never use your data in a way that might interfere with publications based on your study.
We code types of data-sets to allow us to merge like-with-like on data sets.
For example, if you are collecting data from social workers in Alaska, your data could be coded in the data base as Alaska social workers. There is no individually identifying information in the data-bank. There is no way to identify the person donating data or the individuals who have completed the measure.
We are always happy to have any data that can be provided to us. We hope that you will have variables to go with the ProQOL that can improve our ability to measure compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue. Other variables should include, if at all possible, gender, type of workers, country, and if a specific trauma event has had a particular recognizable impact. Other important variables include: years in field, anticipated years until retirement or leaving the field, education training level, work setting, work tempo, and others. It is our practice to take as many variables as people are willing to provide since we can often merge the various types of variables into one.
Yes. We keep contact information about the person who donated the data. These files are treated in a confidential manner and only ProQOL staff have access. The contact information is not maintained in the data-bank itself. The contact information of the individual donating data is retained in a separate file and linked only by a code. We retain name, email and when appropriate, address of those who donate data.
Yes. If you want to donate data and do not wish for us to keep your information, we can work with you to allow a data donation without your contact information.
If you have particular requests in regard to the use of your data donation, we will work with you to respect your needs.
Sometimes a person is able to donate a copy of their raw data but has specific needs in regard to the raw data. We are happy to work with you to figure out a way to meet the criteria that you have.Add an answer to this item.
Yes. We are happy to have any data you can share with us.
Yes. Many small data sets can become a large one through several peoples contributions.
We ask that you give your assurance that your data was collected in an ethical and non-coercive way and that the data will not be used in a way that is punitive to the individuals who have responded to the ProQOL. This may be an organizational, regimental, human research subject committees, or collected under methods and practices consistent with the ethical practices of you professional colleagues or associations. Recommended coding for key variables.
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