Sign up to access ES-Coach

Thank you for your interest in joining the ES-Coach Project!

You are welcome to join this project if you are an employment consultant  (i.e. employment support professional, employment specialist, job developer, job coach, etc.) or a manager of an employment program. If you are located in the state of Washington, please check this flyer to learn more about this project in your state.

You will need a registration code to proceed. If you do not have a code yet, please let us know or email info@es-coach.org. If you have the registration code handy, please proceed to registration by reading the University of Massachusetts Boston consent form below.

The University of Massachusetts Boston

Consent Form for the ES-Coach beta testing

I would like to invite you to participate in the beta-testing of ES-Coach. The goal of ES-Coach is to assist employment consultants, their teams, and their managers with reflecting on service delivery, setting goals, and taking action to promote delivery of the most effective employment support practices for job seekers with disabilities and thus improve their employment outcomes. This project is carried out by Alberto Migliore, Research Associate at the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston.

Description of the Project: This project involves using a smart-phone to document the daily employment supports delivered to job seekers with disabilities, reflect on the data, and take action for quality improvement. You will also have access to micro-learning content on the closing screen of the daily survey (e.g. Data, tips, short videos). Finally, you, your team, and your manager will have access to a desktop interactive live data dashboard showing data about your team’s delivery of employment supports. We will also collect baseline and follow up feedback data to assess user experience and how to improve the ES-Coach.

If you agree to participate, your activities would include the following:
As the manager: Support your team of employment consultants to participate in this project.
As the employment consultant: Complete a daily survey on your smart-phone (Less than 1 minute) for the duration of beta testing
As both parties:

  • During your team meetings engage in reflecting about the ES-Coach data, set team goals, and identify actions for quality improvement.
  • Share your feedback about ES-Coach through surveys, focus groups, and/or interviews.
  • Receive occasional “data emails” from us with tips about how to interpret the data dashboard and leverage the data to reflect, set goals, and take actions for quality improvement.

Risks or Discomforts: The risks or discomforts are no greater than the risk ordinarily encountered in daily life or in the performance or work-related routine activities.
A risk of participation is a loss of confidentiality. We will do everything we can to protect your information. To respect the privacy of your fellow participants, do not repeat what is said in the focus group to others. If you feel uncomfortable answering certain questions in the surveys, focus groups, and interviews, you may skip those questions or stop participating at any time.

Benefits: The results of participating in this beta-testing will help researchers build a tool for supporting employment consultants, their teams, and their managers deliver effective and efficient support strategies to help job seekers with disabilities achieve their career goals. Moreover, we hope that by participating in this beta-testing you will improve in your professional development and career advancement by better understanding how to support job seekers with disabilities in achieving their career goals.

Costs: If you participate in this beta-testing, note that the daily survey will be delivered to your smartphone through a text message. Therefore, you might incur an expense if the plan you chose with your phone provider does NOT include unlimited free text messaging. Most phone plans include free text messages. However, please verify with your phone carrier if free text messaging applies to you.

Confidentiality: Your participation in this beta-testing is confidential. That is, the information gathered for this project will not be published or presented in a way that would allow anyone to identify you.
Information gathered for this project will be stored in a password-protected computer at the Institute for Community Inclusion, or UMB-issued computers that follow UMB IT security protocols including password protection and encryption (in case of use in researchers’ home offices), and the personal identifying information will be deleted when the project is complete.

The Department of Health and Human Services which is the sponsor of the study or the University of Massachusetts Boston Institutional Review Board (IRB) that oversees human research and its representatives may inspect and copy your information.

All identifiable information that could directly identify you (e.g., your name) will be removed from the information collected in this study. After we remove all identifiers, the information may also be used for future research or shared with other researchers without additional consent.

Voluntary Participation: The decision whether or not to take part in this beta-testing is voluntary. If you do decide to take part in this project, you may terminate participation at any time by informing me at the email or phone below. You can also quit any surveys early by closing your internet browser.
Whatever you decide will in no way penalize you with negative consequences or affect your status at the organization.

Questions: You have the right to ask questions about this beta-testing before you sign this form and at any time during the study. If you have further questions about this research or if you have a research- related problem, you can reach the Principal Investigator, Alberto Migliore, at 617-287-4306 or e-mail alberto.migliore@umb.edu. If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, please contact a representative of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, which oversees research involving human participants. The IRB may be reached at (617) 287-5374 or at human.subjects@umb.edu.

I HAVE READ THE CONSENT FORM. MY QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED. BY CLICKING ‘NEXT’ ON THIS WEBPAGE, TYPING MY NAME, AND ANSWERING QUESTIONS I INDICATE THAT I CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS STUDY.

Thank you!