Andrew Gordon, Prolific
Recent years have seen a surge in the amount of research being run online. Some estimates suggest that up to half of all cognitive science research will soon involve online samples (Stewart, Chandler, & Paolacci, 2017). For many researchers, the current COVID-19 pandemic has hastened the need to transition to online methods of data collection, and while online sampling has clear benefits relative to in-person data collection (e.g., faster data collection larger, more representative samples), many remain unfamiliar with this approach. Moreover, concerns persist regarding the quality of data that can be gleaned from online research methods. At Prolific our goal is to aid researchers in the collection of high-quality, trustworthy data by building the most advanced and trusted infrastructure for research on the internet. With a network of 100,000+ pre-screened survey participants across North America and Europe, and a commitment to establishing an open, thoughtful and trustworthy research space, our aim is to connect people around the world in order to facilitate robust and reliable research. This talk will provide an overview of how to get started with online research, with a specific focus on what you can do to ensure high-quality data, and how we at Prolific ensure data quality from a participant perspective. Following the talk, members of our team will be available to help answer any questions or concerns you may have about transitioning to online research.