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You are required to write recruitment materials for your IRB application if you plan to conduct human subjects research.
Introduction to Recruitment
Recruitment is how you inform your potential participants that you are conducting a study and give them an opportunity to indicate their interest in participating. Here is a webinar that provides more information:
How can I recruit?
You will recruit your participants by creating recruitment materials and distributing them in a way that will reach your intended population. Here are some common recruitment methods:
Email. You can email individuals you already know, find public email addresses, or post to an email listserv. If their email addresses are private, you should obtain contact permission from the organization or business (even if you work/volunteer there).
Social Media Post. You can post to your own social media feed or to a social media group. If the social media group is closed and/or moderated, you should obtain contact permission and include that permission in your IRB application.
Physical Flyer. You can post flyers in a physical location that your participants may frequent.
Phone Call. You can call individuals you already know or individuals whose phone numbers are publicly available. If their phone numbers are private, you should obtain contact permission from the organization or business (even if you work/volunteer there).
Presentation. You can present on your research during a staff meeting or similar type of context. If you are using an organization's resources for this presentation, you should obtain site permission and include that permission in your IRB application.
When can I distribute my recruitment materials?
After you have received IRB approval. You may not collect data until after you have IRB approval.
Writing Recruitment Materials
All recruitment materials are required to include the following information:
Your status as an NCU doctoral student
The purpose of your research
Eligibility criteria for participants
Research activities and time commitments
Compensation or incentives for participants (if applicable)
Your contact information
Recruitment materials may not include the NCU logo or letterhead.
Templates & Resources
The following templates are optional and are provided as guides: