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ERIC Number: ED562788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Recruiting Participants for Randomized Controlled Trials
Gallagher, H. Alix; Roschelle, Jeremy; Feng, Mingyu
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
The objective of this study was to look across strategies used in a wide range of studies to build a framework for researchers to use in conceptualizing the recruitment process. This paper harvests lessons learned across 19 randomized controlled trials in K-12 school settings conducted by a leading research organization to identify strategies that have fostered successful recruitment efforts. The authors report on their experiences in recruiting teachers for random assignment experiments in public primary and secondary schools. While this collection of studies is a naturally occurring sample, it is still a useful sample due to its diversity. This study revealed that based on the experience, a well-detailed recruitment plan should clearly fit the research design, explain how the intervention will be packaged to reduce the burden on participants, describe the overall timeline, staffing and project management structure for the campaign, give examples of how messages will be communicated to potential recruits, discuss strategies for handling contingencies that emerge during the campaign, and be thoughtful about how applicants will be welcomed into the study and retained as participants.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)