1. What is Tune In! Turn On! Turn Up! (3T) Study?
Test out some health materials (an app or written materials on a website), take a few surveys and get paid! After taking the first survey, we will send you a tablet with the study app already loaded on it or a link to written materials about health. Our goal is to see if these materials help improve the health of young black guys.
2: Who can be involved in the 3T study? Who is eligible?
3T is specifically for Black, African American, or biracial Black/African American males ages 14-19. To be eligible, you have to be gay, bisexual, or sexually attracted to guys. You do not need to be “out” to anyone in particular. You need to live in the US and provide an address where we can ship the health materials.
3. How much do I get paid?
You could get up to $150 in e-gift cards for completing all the required study steps. You get a $40.00 e-gift card for the first survey and a $60.00 e-gift card for the second survey (3 months after the first one). You also get $50.00 for using the app or reviewing the materials we send you and filling out a brief survey to tell us what you thought about them.
4. How do I get paid?
After you finish each required step of the study (surveys and using materials), we will email you an e-gift card. You have a choice about what kind of gift card you want. If you have questions about getting or using your gift card, email 3T@etr.org
5. What will you ask me about in the surveys?
The survey asks a range of questions about your health and behaviors. Some questions ask about who you are, who you like, and about your relationships. You can skip any question you don’t feel comfortable answering.
6. How long does this take?
The surveys take about 20 minutes each. If you get the mobile app pre-loaded on a tablet, you will be asked to use it and do at least 10 of the activities (it will take about 30 min). If you get a link to the health materials you will be asked to review at least 4 of them (it will take no more than 30 minutes).
7. What if I don't know how I identify?
You don’t have to have that figured out to participate. If you find yourself attracted to other guys, regardless of how you label or don’t label yourself, then you can take the eligibility survey.
8. Do I have to ask my parents if I can participate?
Nope, this is 100% your choice. If you are eligible, you will learn more about the survey and the project. Then we will ask if you still want to participate. It’s up to you!
9. What do you do with my survey answers?
We take your privacy very seriously. Your answers are completely private. Your parents, friends, family, teachers or anyone else will never see how you answered. We never ask for you name and assign you a study ID to protect your identity. All your answers go into a databank of all the other answers so even we don’t know who said what.
10. Can my friends do this too?
Absolutely! Feel free to share the link to the study website with them to see if they are eligible and interested. The website is 3Tstudy.org.
11. How will dfusion and ETR protect me and my data?
You will be assigned a participant number. No names will be used on the survey and we will not share the names of anyone agreeing to take part in the study. We will mail materials to you and you will get text or email reminders for the survey. You will be asked where you want the materials and these reminders sent. If you get the app on the tablet, the information you enter on the app will not be shared with anyone outside the study. The app data is encrypted and housed on a secure HIPAA-compliant cloud-based server. Study staff and subject matter experts monitor discussions and are available to answer questions. The icon for the app is discrete so that it is not easily identifiable as a health app.
12. How is 3T funded?
This project is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
13. Who made 3T?
3T was developed by dfusion Inc, a small business that creates technology-based programs to improve people’s health. The evaluation of 3T will be conducted by ETR, a nonprofit health education and research organization. Both dfusion and ETR used youth advisors and content experts to support product development and evaluation. During planning phases, youth tested the app and provided feedback for improvements.
14. Who is doing the evaluation?
The evaluation is being done by ETR—a nonprofit health education and research organization with many years of experience developing health education programs and conducting studies with youth.
Have more questions?
Send us a DM on Insta @3Tstudy or email us at 3T@etr.org