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New tool for conducting conjoint analysis

20 February 2017 comments

It is great to announce that we are now collaborating with a new service called Conjoint.ly. Conjoint.ly is a platform for discrete choice experimentation: from experimental design, to data collection, to analysis with outputs covering simple partworth utilities to Hierarchical Bayes matrices. ...


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Webinar Part 2 - Recruiting more people

11 May 2016 comments

Learn how to communicate your research more effectively and recruit more participants. A few months ago, we posted part 1 of our webinar series where we taught researchers how to use Call For Participants. This time, we focus on the element of communicating your research and making the most of ...


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University leaderboards

24 March 2016 comments

More and more universities are signing up to our Digital Notice Board product that helps them aggregate research across the institution. We thought this would be a good opportunity to take a quick look under the bonnet of CFP and see how the different universities match up. Here are the ...


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Mi Mu gloves, BB8, and some Potential.ly really good software - #Digifest16

16 March 2016 comments

If you couldn't attend this years Digifest, you missed an opportunity to interact with and test some of the most innovative and playful educational tech on the market - plus a chance to see a performance by Chagall wearing a pair of Mi Mu gloves Jisc's opening video for DigiFest '16 After taking ...


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Webinar Part 1 - How to use Call For Participants as a researcher

08 March 2016 comments

Over the last month, we ran several webinars on communicating your research, how to increase the number of participants that take part in your research, and how to best target participant communities using social media. In case you missed those, you can now catch all of these online. Part 1 covers ...


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Participants 101 - Part 4 - The other side

03 March 2016 comments

In our final part of this series on what taking part in research is and how to do it, we are taking a behind the scenes look at the life of scientists and what it means to conduct a research study. This will give you an idea of where your participation fits in with the wider research study. ...


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Researching in the land down under

26 February 2016 comments

Over the last few months we have seen more growth from Australian universities and so we decided to catch up with some of the researchers from the land down under to see how they are doing and why Call for Participants has worked for them.Web traffic from different Australian cities Some of our ...


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Participants 101 - Part 3 - Ethics

17 February 2016 comments

This time on Participants 101 we are going a bit deeper into understanding academic research and looking at the role of ethics and what it means to conduct ethical research, as well as ethics approval procedure. This gets you inside the mind of the researcher to understand their concerns and helps ...


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Come join us at Digifest 2016

09 February 2016 comments

At the beginning of March, we will be showcasing at Digifest 2016, Jisc's annual conference focused on all digital aspects of academia and education. The event is FREE and aimed at all middle or senior managers in an academic, curriculum, organisational support or technical role, in a UK higher or ...


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2015 in review

04 February 2016 comments

2015 was a fun year for Call for Participants. We introduced many new features and reached several milestones on our journey to bringing academic research to the world. Let's take a quick look back at what we did and take a look at what to expect from 2016.Key events in 2015One of the biggest ...


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Free Webinar - Recruiting participants

27 January 2016 comments

We are hosting a series of webinars for both early and late stage researchers who are looking to recruit human participants for their research. Grab this opportunity to find out how you can use Call For Participants for free to help you promote you research study and recruit participants. Sounds ...


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It's a one-stop-poster-shop

19 January 2016 comments

Call for Participants is all about saving researchers time and money. Today, we take a huge leap forward in that by officially introducing our poster feature, which allows anybody to create and print a beautiful participant recruitment poster with a single click. Every day, we all have to do things...


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New resource to help researchers recruit participants

13 January 2016 comments

We are on a mission to provide researchers with the best possible resources and support for recruiting participants. A few weeks back we released a new exciting feature on this journey and today we take a big step forward by offering official enhanced support and live chat. What does this mean for ...


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Participants 101 - Part 2 - What is taking part in research?

07 January 2016 comments

In our previous blog post, we explored the reasons why you would take part in research and saw that taking part can be emotionally, financially, and intelectually rewarding. Today, we are looking at what taking part means and what can you expect. What is 'taking part'? Imagine, if you will, that ...


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Opportunities for EdTech lie in the cogs

30 December 2015 comments

A while back we ran went to the Dublin Web Summit and wrote an article on the state of EdTech as we saw it there, in the context of the European startup ecology. A few weeks ago, I stumbled on this an article by Lucy Boyd in TechCrunch where she discusses the focus of the EdTech sector and how ...


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Pinterest & Reddit play nice with CFP

17 December 2015 comments

Recently we updated our platform with two new social media integrations - Reddit and Pinterest. We believe these tools will allow researchers to discover new audiences and for participants to enjoy great content the way they are used to. Below we show two ways how we see these platforms enhancing ...


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Treat yourself this Christmas

08 December 2015 comments

Regardless of if we like it or not, holidays can be a stressful time, there is always so much to do. Whether you need to buy gifts, finish that last thing at work, or tidy your house for guests. We all deserve a little reward for all our hard work. So why not treat yourself this Christmas? Below we...


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Participants 101 - Part 1 - Why take part in research?

02 December 2015 comments

There are many reasons to get involved with academic research. Today we are going to take a look at a few as Part 1 of our new Participants 101 series. This series of posts is aimed at anybody new to taking part in research as a participant and we will be covering a range of topics from ethics to ...


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Case Study - using Call for Participants as a researcher

25 November 2015 comments

Conducting a research study with human participants is a long process full of challenges and successes. At Call for Participants, we try to understand these to see where and how we can help. Last week we caught up with Dr Ian A Clark, a postdoctoral research associate from University College London...


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CFP at Web Summit

17 November 2015 comments

Last week the CFP team flew out to Dublin, Ireland, not with a mission to do research into the finer detail of the Dublin pub culture, or to explore the birthplace of James Joyce, but rather to bring academic research to the world. We were invited to showcase at this year's Dublin Web Summit as ...


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UK Universities, your researchers need your help!

09 November 2015 comments

The research happening at the universities has gained a lot of public exposure this year, however more exposure is needed to help researchers recruit the right participants. Researchers from over 120 universities in the UK are conducting research involving humans. Participants can then be forgiven ...


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The importance of being an open researcher

27 October 2015 comments

Open research may be a familiar topic to many academics, but unfamiliar territory to some researchers, especially new postgraduate students. Therefore in response to the launch of Vitae’s open research theme, we talk to two open research advocates who are helping academics connect and access ...


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Web Summit: Come meet us in Dublin

14 October 2015 comments

We are delighted to announce that we have been invited to the Dublin Web Summit to exhibit as part of Web Summit Alpha - the early-stage startup programme.Since its start in 2010, the Web Summit has grown to become the largest internet startup conference in Europe and one of the largest in the ...


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Does the classroom hinder learning?

01 September 2015 comments

A couple of weeks ago we posted a blog post about life-long learning and the growing availability of online learning resources. I stumbled on this Ted talk by Daphne Koller and while a lot of what she covered re-iterated some of the themes from that blog post, two items struck a cord:This is a kind ...


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New tool in your promoting back-pocket

05 August 2015 comments

Here at Call for Participants we love new tech and bringing it to the academic community. It gives us great pleasure to announce that we have a small update to our Twitter promotion tool that we are sure you will love.Our promotion tool now supports Twitter Cards. What are Twitter cards you ask? ...


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Welcome Russell Group

14 July 2015 comments

It has been a while since we last brought any usage milestones to our users and we figured it is really time to do that. Last month we launched our refreshed website and it was a success. In the following weeks we saw an increase in usage and great feedback from our users. The end of Master's ...


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Golden age of lifelong learning?

07 July 2015 comments

Recently, I stumbled on this article great article by Tim Brown, one of my favourite design thinkers, to give you a sample:Adam is a creative soul. He’s well-read, plays music, cooks elaborate meals, and is highly engaged in arts and culture. He’s an engineer by training, and has worked in ...


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Research that makes you laugh & think

28 June 2015 comments

Here at call for participants, we see a lot of different research from all disciplines and fields of life. Often, these research studies look into very serious matters that life-changing. At other times, the are just as life changing, but also bring a smile on our faces and we can't wait to tell ...


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CFP gets slim for summer!

26 May 2015 comments

We are pleased to announce an update to the Call for Participants platform. With this version, our goal was to re-think the user experience of the site and make it easier than ever for potential participants to use the service. There is a large number of adjustments to the site throughout and we ...


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What is the true cost of recruiting a participant?

01 January 2015 comments

When calculating the cost of recruiting participants for your research study it’s easy to just focus on the financial outlay but your time is also a valuable asset that needs to be spent wisely. Here we discuss the balance between your time and money when recruiting, and maximising the societal ...


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How to maximise your recruitment this Christmas

08 December 2014 comments

The end of term doesn't have to mean a halt to your participant recruitment efforts. Take advantage of one of the best recruitment opportunities in the academic calendar and maximise your efforts this Christmas to get the participants you need.Why Christmas?While many participants and researchers ...


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How to attract more participants in three easy steps!

25 November 2014 comments

Finding the right participants for your study can be challenging and time consuming so you need to make it as easy for them to take part as possible when you do. Here are three tips to help you get a better response from participants:1. Use appropriate languageParticipants can be easily put-off by ...


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Sometimes all it takes is thank-you!

20 November 2014 comments

We’ve recently reviewed the rewards shared by the research participant community in 2014, and found that despite iPads, cash and gift vouchers being on offer, the most popular reward was in fact a simple “thank-you!” More than half of the people that offered up their valuable time, thoughts ...


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Inside knowledge: What do participants really want?

11 November 2014 comments

It can often feel like the only way to boost your participation rates and achieve a good sample size is to offer financial incentives to participants, and when you are on a tight budget this isn’t always possible. The good news is that our active community of participants regularly take part in ...


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How does Call For Participants help connect universities and the public?

01 September 2014 comments


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