PeerCruiter helps overcome the burden of needing to spam listservs and bug your friends to participate in class research projects. We are aiming PeerCruiter at students who have to conduct any type of study for a class--from usability tests to psychology studies. A student can set up a study, set a time period when they need people, and set an incentive to encourage participation.
1.) Recruiting without the hassle
When developing PeerCruiter, we understood that tools already exist online to recruit study participants. What we wanted was something that had the barebones needed for students with busy schedules to get bodies into their studies. A student who needs some extra cash can apply for a student with one button click, do the study, and then get paid. By reducing workflows to the essentials, PeerCruiter helps keep people from needing to spend a lot of time on the site.
2.) Reminders and Confirmation
By using e-mail and sms confirmations, we can also ensure that people remember to show up at the right time in the right place. This gives the recruiter the peace of mind that their participants will be there when needed. Just in case, however, we allow recruiters to set up a waitlist to mitigate the risk of the unexpected.
3.) Reputation System
Finally, recruiters can review the people that signed up for their study and see if any of their recruits have a track record of missing studies. They can then decide whether to keep that person, or let someone from the waitlist with a better record in. This reputation system helps nudge recruits to actually do what they say they will do.