For Research Participants

So you’ve been contacted by Philip Reese… now what?

What do you mean by “research participant”?

Being a research participant means you get to share your thoughts about a subject that might be important to you. Our research usually involves talking and observing. And sometimes it includes simple activities, but it’s always safe and easy, and we strive to make it fun. We could be talking with you about a product that you use at home or work. It could be about a service you experience or something else entirely. Your participation is voluntary, and your perspective is important to help organizations in your community learn more about how to meet your needs at home or at work.

Why are YOU contacting me?

I’ve never seen your company’s name before. We are a qualitative research firm. Businesses and nonprofits hire research firm like ours to help studies be more objective than if they conducted the research themselves. Similarly, we keep the research sponsor confidential in order to minimize bias during our research. Overall, we help organizations better understand their communities’ needs and how to best serve them. By becoming a research participant, you will be paid to spend some time speaking with one of our moderators. These conversations are either one-on-one or in a group setting and you will only be selected to speak about topics that are familiar to you. Don’t worry, we will provide instructions along the way, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Wait…this is a PAID opportunity?

Yes! You are compensated with a research incentive for taking time out of your day to speak with us. Your time is precious,and we want to make sure that you know that we appreciate any time you’re willing to spend with us! So yes, you are being paid for your opinion. Some participants choose to donate their incentive to an organization they care about, such as a school or classroom. I work in public education and am not allowed to receive gifts of payment.

Can I still participate?

Studies that include people who work in public education typically involve getting your personal opinion about programs or products. We are not asking anyone to “speak for” your classroom, school, or district, nor are we asking anyone to speak in any official capacity as an educator. We are dedicated to security of personally identifiable information and, therefore we keep your information confidential so that you can freely share your opinions and receive the research incentive.

Can I sign up for a study?

Yes and no. You can sign up to be contacted whenever a new study has been launched. However, we will only invite participants who have relevant experience or history pertaining to each specific study. The best way to know that you will be contacted is to opt into our list. We promise to only contact you about opportunities that are for you. No spam!

I agreed to participate in a study. What do I do next?

If you have taken a survey and you qualify for one of our research studies, you will be contacted by our team to schedule a time to speak with one of our talented moderators. If your research study is online, our team will provide meeting login instructions and additional instructions if you need to complete any activities prior to your meeting. If your research is in person, we will be contacting you with detailed instructions for where to go. We are a team of humans, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! We want to make this easy and enjoyable for you.

Tips for Being a Research Participant

Being a research participant can be fun! Overall, we aim to make it a stress-free conversation where you can share your thoughts on a particular subject.Here are some useful tips to help you prepare for your conversation.

  • Come as you are. We contacted you because we are interested in YOU and YOUR thoughts. Our moderators are interested in your story and what you have to say. Be honest in your responses and don’t worry about hurting our feelings even if you need to share a negative experience.
  • Avoid distractions. Our lives can be chaotic at times, but we ask that you participate at a time when you will not be distracted during the conversation. Turn off your notifications and try to minimize noisy disruptions, if possible.
  • Relax and have fun. You are the expert, so there are literally no wrong answers. Our moderators/interviewers are genuinely interested in hearing YOUR thoughts and opinions.