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Do you have permission for that? How to write an easy-to-understand informed consent form, plus the template we use at User Interviews.
Here’s a research consent form template created by our VP of User Research (and User Research Yearbook Class of ‘22 member), Roberta Dombrowski. This template was created specifically for moderated research studies, but can easily be adapted for unmoderated studies as well.
*Note: You probably know this but… I’m not a lawyer, and User Interviews is not here to provide legal advice. The first thing you should do when creating an informed consent form (well, second thing, after reading this article) is to consult your legal team.
Informed consent forms—sometimes also referred to as ‘research participation agreements’—are documents that explain the details of your study, including what data you’ll collect, why you need it, and the rights of participants. These forms should be distributed, reviewed, and signed by participants before you can move forward with the research.
Consent forms are beneficial because they:
In most cases where research involves human beings, consent forms are required by law—especially, for example, when doing clinical research or research with minors. However, most researchers consider them a non-negotiable component of an ethical research process regardless.
Plus, asking for consent and offering transparency around the research process can help you build trust with your participants, demonstrating to them that you actually care about their experience.
Nope! NDAs protect confidential company information and you don't always need them. Informed consent protects the participant and you always need them.
You can’t really consent to something if you don’t understand it. If your consent agreement uses industry jargon, legalese, or otherwise hard-to-comprehend language, you’ve missed the point.
A good participant consent form is a deceptively simple document that deserves careful drafting, editing, and review. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
User Interviews is the fastest, easiest way to recruit and manage participants for any kind of research. Get insights from any niche within our pool of over 1 million participants through Recruit or build and manage your own panel with Research Hub, the first CRM built for researchers, with unparalleled customization, security, and scale.
If you’re doing research with User Interviews, you can use our Document Signing add-on feature to collect consent forms from both external participants and customer panels. In fact, as far as data consent forms go, we'll handle that for you with Research Hub. We’ll send you a copy of the signed document before the session, so you can spend less time worrying about the logistics, and more time focusing on the research itself.
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