How to recruit for a scientific study?
July 17, 2012 12:17 PM Subscribe
Calling all scientists! Conducting a research study...how best to recruit my target population?
posted by amyshmamy to Science & Nature (19 answers total)
I'm a Ph.D. student, currently collecting data for a dissertation on women's sexual issues (specifically lack of orgasm and low desire). In addition to recruiting people from the local medical center/doctor's offices/university, I've been trying to get people from online sources. Specifically, I've been using Craigslist, Reddit (because of their targeted subreddits), and the Village Voice Classifieds. I tried using Mechanical Turk, but I can't seem to get that to work.
I'm not sure why, but most of my participants to date (40 so far) have been in their early-to-mid 20's...which is not so good from a diversity perspective. I'd love to get a hold of some older women, but: a)I'm not sure as to where else I can recruit locally; and b) where older women hang out online.
Any ideas? (and no, I'm not trying to recruit from here...I'm legitimately stumped!)