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Tools for Recruiting Families for Online Studies

  • 1.  Tools for Recruiting Families for Online Studies

    Posted 15 days ago
    Hello All!

    I'm excited about this new community and looking forward to ways that we can learn from and support each other.
     
    As we adjust to what may be a long period of working from home, many of us are trying to figure out how we can continue our research programs. To help facilitate the process of connecting research opportunities with the community, I have created two sets of google spreadsheets and forms. 
      
    One focuses on research opportunities that involve testing children; the other focuses on research opportunities that involve testing parents only (i.e., can be completed without participation from children).

    If you are interested in sharing a research project with the broader community and have IRB approval for online testing, please add your study information into the appropriate form linked below. Note that these spreadsheets are meant to serve as a recruiting tool for studies that can be completed online at this time, not as a general advertisement for research laboratories. Please wait to complete the form until you have permission from your IRB to conduct studies online and can move forward accordingly. 

    The information will automatically populate into the google spreadsheets, which can be shared broadly with the community. In this way, we can share research opportunities through our social networks to let parents know about online testing opportunities related to child development. Parents would then have control over which studies to explore further.

    Finally, please feel free to share the spreadsheet links widely through your labs and through social media; I've shared them from my twitter account (@CandiceMMills) if you'd like to retweet from there.
     
    Take care,
    Candice Mills 
     
     
    Online Child Development Research Opportunities

    Form for researchers to sign up:
    Spreadsheet to share with parents to have their children participate in studies:
     
    Online Parenting Research Opportunities

    Form for researchers to sign up:
     
    Spreadsheet to share with parents to sign up in studies themselves:
     


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    Candice Mills
    The University of Texas at Dallas
    candice.mills@utdallas.edu
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  • 2.  RE: Tools for Recruiting Families for Online Studies

    Posted 14 days ago
    Thanks for this, Candice. This could be an excellent resource!

    I wonder if anyone has had any experience with commercially-available online panels of families?

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    Andrew Fuligni
    Los Angeles CA
    310-794-6033
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  • 3.  RE: Tools for Recruiting Families for Online Studies

    Posted 14 days ago
    Thanks for your response. I don't, but that does sound intriguing.

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    Candice Mills
    The University of Texas at Dallas
    Email: candice.mills@utdallas.edu
    Web: www.utdallas.edu/thinklab
    Twitter: @CandiceMMills
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  • 4.  RE: Tools for Recruiting Families for Online Studies

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hi Candice,

    I think this is a good place to start. It might be useful to have more information about what is involved in participation on the spreadsheet itself. For some of them, it just says "email for information". That'll work for parents who are committed to doing a study and don't care what's involved, but speaking as a parent of a toddler who is sheltering in place, I do care. I want to know that I'm going to enjoy participation. After all, usually the payoff is that you get an outing to the lab!

    Josh

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    Josh Hartshorne
    Boston College
    Chestnut Hill MA
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  • 5.  RE: Tools for Recruiting Families for Online Studies

    Posted 10 days ago
    Edited by Candice Mills 10 days ago
    This is an excellent point, and it jives with what another parent told me. When I created the spreadsheet, I didn't specify what researchers had to provide in order to add their information to the spreadsheet, and so some were more specific than others. But this led me to create a twitter thread to see what others think about how best to recruit families here: https://twitter.com/CandiceMMills/status/1242452773414854659?s=20

    The main ideas I have for now are as follows:
    1) I could ask each researcher could link to a separate page like the one we have for our lab that shares what the project is about and what the commitment would be. Parents could follow a link to sign up for a specific time to participate or provide contact information. Here's what we're doing for our lab: https://www.utdallas.edu/thinklab/santa-study/

    2) I could ask each researcher to expand the spreadsheet to provide more information about what each project involves. For instance: "Your child will be interviewed about their thoughts and ideas regarding Santa Claus for approx. 30-60 minutes; parents will complete an online questionnaire taking 15-25 minutes". This would need to be just a sentence or two in order to keep the spreadsheet from getting unwieldy.

    My intuition is that a combination of these approaches would be best, but it would be up to the researcher to decide whether they wanted to make these changes.

    What do you think? I welcome ideas here or over twitter (or both). Thank you!




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    Candice Mills
    The University of Texas at Dallas
    Email: candice.mills@utdallas.edu
    Web: www.utdallas.edu/thinklab
    Twitter: @CandiceMMills
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  • 6.  RE: Tools for Recruiting Families for Online Studies

    Posted 9 days ago
    I vote for both!

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    Josh Hartshorne
    Boston College
    Chestnut Hill MA
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  • 7.  RE: Tools for Recruiting Families for Online Studies

    Posted 6 days ago
    Edited by Sabrina Thurman 6 days ago
    What a great idea! Thanks for doing this!

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    Sabrina Thurman
    Assistant Professor
    Elon University
    336-278-6269
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  • 8.  RE: Tools for Recruiting Families for Online Studies

    Posted 4 days ago
    This is great - thank you!

    Since not all of us are based in the US (I am currently based in Germany), I am wondering what possibilities there may be to use the move to online testing (that everyone now faces - likely for a while) to increase sample diversity in studies and to forster collaboration between different labs. So could we for example run an English, German, Spanish, etc. version of a task as a collaborative project between different labs? Also, some labs may already have experience doing developmental research online but may have exhausted their pool of families, while others may have access to large family databases but may have little or no experience doing research online.

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    Patricia Kanngiesser
    Berlin
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