Recruitment materials should include:
Recruitment materials should not include:
During the recruitment process, researchers should be considerate of whether they are recruiting in public establishments versus private spaces, as recruitment in non-public spaces may be subject to additional requirements. This applies to both in-person and online recruitment. The table below provides some examples of recruitment in public and private spaces.
|Researcher stands on a street corner and hands out recruitment flyers.||Researcher goes into a privately owned establishment and hands out recruitment flyers.|
|Student researcher posts their flyer on their school’s community board.||Researcher posts their recruitment flyer in a business after gaining permission from the head staff.|
|Posting recruitment on personal social media or social media accounts that are public (e.g., not locked or set to private).||Posting recruitment on social media platforms and accounts that are not visible to the public (e.g., only available to a specific group of people).|
|Sharing recruitment materials in a forum or group that is available for anyone to join||Sharing recruitment materials in a forum or group that is not open to the public and requires admittance by moderators.|
|Recruiting through word of mouth and using personal email contacts.||Recruiting through your place of work contacts or educational networks (if you are a teacher or school administrator).|
For samples of recruitment flyers, please follow the link for templates and find the downloadable document with IRB adminstrator comments and considerations:
For samples of recruitment letters and scripts, please download the following documents:
Lastly, please find our additional information in our Participant Recruitment Guide.