1. Requesting a Qualtrics Account
2. Learning Qualtrics
Comprehensive tutorials are available at Qualtrics University
3. Getting IRB Approval
Before you can start data collection you will need to get approval from the UCSB Human Subjects Committee (Institutional Review Board). The IRB is responsible for monitoring all research at UCSB that involves human subjects. Before you can begin your study, it must be reviewed and approved by the IRB. To get your study reviewed, you must complete an application through UCSB’s online application system for the use of Human Subjects. Directions and guidance can be found on the Office of Research website.
The submission deadlines for application review can be found on the login page of the online application system, https://orahs.research.ucsb.edu. You cannot proceed with your research until you receive a notice of approval.
4. Finding your subjects
We do not endorse any of the services below, and you should evaluate the charges they may incur.
Experiments on a limited amount of compensated subjects:
- The Social Sciences Experimental Subject Pool [Contact Sarah Thebaud]
- Hiring subjects via Amazon Mechanical Turk
- Using an online panel. Some of the most common panel providers are http://www.toluna-group.com/, http://www.surveysampling.com/
- Other forms of personal recruitment, social media, snowball, convenience sampling, etc.
Large scale survey of UCSB students:
- Contact Steven Velasco at Institutional Research
Large scale survey of non-UCSB students:
- You will need to contact other institutions and obtain permission to access their student lists, as well as Human Subjects clearance at those institutions.
Large scale survey of general population:
5. Qualtrics as a teaching tool
We welcome the use of Qualtrics as a teaching tool. If you are a faculty or a grad student, teaching a College of Letters and Science course, please indicate that you would like student access codes when requesting an account.
If you are an undergraduate student and would like an account, it must be managed by your professor or a faculty adviser for use in coursework within the College of Letters and Science. Please ask them to submit an account request (they must indicate the need for student accounts during this process).