Canadian Community Panel

The Canadian Community Panel is a CHASR-developed and curated panel of Canadian residents, 18 years of age and older, who have consented to be contacted by CHASR for future research on a variety of topics. Panelists may be asked to partake in online survey-based research, experimental research, or interviews and focus groups through CHASR.

Unlike many existing online panels, the Canadian Community Panel recruits its members through rigorous and robust probability-based sampling methods. This ensures a more representative sample that more closely aligns with the general demographic make-up of Canada.

Participants are recruited into the Canadian Community Panel through the CHASR Canadian Omnibus Telephone Survey, conducted each March, June, September, and December. Because panelists in the Canadian Community Panel have consented to be contacted for future research, they provide a ready, convenient, and representative sample with a Canadian focus.

The Canadian Community Panel includes a number of core demographic variables that allow researchers to target specific populations within Canada. Panelists may be recruited to complete a study based on gender, geographic location, age, education, occupational status, household income, or a combination of two or more of these variables.

There is no set minimum number of panelists that may be recruited to any study, while the maximum number of participants is dependent on the total number of active panelists in the Canadian Community Panel at the time of the study. Additional panelists will be added to the Canadian Community Panel each quarter (March, June, September and December) at the conclusion of each CHASR Canadian Omnibus Telephone Survey.

The following table outlines the number of panelists currently available through the Canadian Community Panel by each core demographic variable:

Saskatchewan Community Panel

The Saskatchewan Community Panel is a CHASR-developed and curated panel of Saskatchewan residents, 18 years of age and older, who have consented to be contacted by CHASR for future research on a variety of topics. Panelists may be asked to partake in online survey-based research, experimental research, or interviews and focus groups through CHASR.

Unlike many existing online panels, the Saskatchewan Community Panel recruits its members through rigorous and robust probability-based sampling methods. This ensures a more representative sample that more closely aligns with the general demographic make-up of the Province of Saskatchewan.

Participants are recruited into the Saskatchewan Community Panel through the CHASR Saskatchewan Omnibus Telephone Survey, conducted each March, June, September, and December. Because panelists in the Saskatchewan Community Panel have consented to be contacted for future research, they provide a ready, convenient, and representative sample with a Saskatchewan focus.

The Saskatchewan Community Panel includes a number of core demographic variables that allow researchers to target specific populations within Saskatchewan. Panelists may be recruited to complete a study based on gender, geographic location, age, education, occupational status, household income, or a combination of two or more of these variables.

There is no set minimum number of panelists that may be recruited to any study, while the maximum number of participants is dependent on the total number of active panelists in the Saskatchewan Community Panel at the time of the study. Additional panelists will be added to the Saskatchewan Community Panel each quarter (March, June, September and December) at the conclusion of each CHASR Saskatchewan Omnibus Telephone Survey.

The following table outlines the number of panelists currently available through the Saskatchewan Community Panel by each core demographic variable:

 

Research Participant Pool

The CHASR Research Participant Pool (RPP) is a paid research participant pool that matches participants to research studies. Research studies typically involve survey completion, computer tasks, and group decision-making scenarios that take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to complete. Currently, all studies may be completed online; however, some will take place in our virtual laboratory using videoconferencing software. Signing up for the RPP allows participants to view and register for studies after seeing a complete project description.

The CHASR Research Participant Pool houses an expansive group of research participants recruited from the University of Saskatchewan community and beyond. The RPP is optimally suited to experimental projects and user interface and experience testing where probability-based sampling methods are not required.

Who can join: This pool is for any member of the Canadian public aged 18 or older. However, we especially encourage student participation to help support experiential learning and exposure to research.

Why you should join: By joining the RPP, you will have the opportunity to assist researchers with their work and gain firsthand experience on how research is conducted. In appreciation of your time, you will typically receive financial remuneration.

How to join: To join the RPP, you must first register online. After submitting your registration information, an account will be created for you by the RPP administrator (you may need to be patient – we will only contact you when our pool is active). Once created, you can use this account to view and register for available studies.

After you’ve registered online and received your credentials, simply login and select any project you wish to participate in. Each project will contain a study overview along with eligibility criteria and existing sessions. If you meet the criteria and would like to participate, then please select the session that you would like to attend.

Arrival: To help troubleshoot online registration issues and to help facilitate group sessions, we ask all participants to arrive five to ten minutes before their scheduled appointment. A videoconferencing link will be made available approximately one day before your scheduled session so you can access our virtual laboratory.

Remuneration Models: Remuneration varies from project to project. However, a typical study pays participants $10 to $15 per hour. When you see our studies posted, you may see the following terms:

  1. Flat-rate remuneration: All participants are paid the same amount in appreciation of their time. Typical remuneration varies from $10 to $15 per hour.
  2. Performance-based remuneration: Participants are paid based on how well they perform on their task. Typical remuneration varies from $5 to $25 per hour. The average participant may earn $10 to $15 per hour.
  3. Prize draw: The majority of participants do not receive financial remuneration; however, one or more prize draws will be issued once the study is completed. Prize draw values typically range from $50 to $100.
  4. Volunteer-based: Occasionally, studies will offer no financial remuneration. These projects are typically for students, and your participation plays a big role in helping them finish their degree!

Currently, all remuneration will be issued online. Remuneration may be provided in the form of e-transfers or electronic gift cards.

Ethics: All CHASR-supported studies have been reviewed and approved on ethical grounds by the Behavioral Research Ethics Board (Beh-REB) at the University of Saskatchewan. Any questions regarding your rights as a participant may be addressed to the Beh-REB through the Ethics Office by telephone at 306-966-2975 (toll-free 1-888-966-2975), or by e-mail at ethics.office@usask.ca.

Withdrawing from the CHASR RPP: To withdraw from the RPP, or for more information, you may contact the RPP administrator by e-mail at brianna.groot@usask.ca or by telephone at 306-966-6996.

No Shows and Late Arrivals: Failing to arrive on time for a study may result in the session being canceled without remuneration to the participant. We ask that all participants arrive five to ten minutes prior to their scheduled appointment. Some studies require a specific number people to participate, and without the proper number of participants, it cannot be run and will result in data loss for our researchers or clients. To respect other participants’ time, as most studies happen in groups, it is not possible to start a study late. Missing a study session without informing the RPP administrator could impact your continued access to the RPP. Being late for a study session which is already in progress will result in no financial payment.

Overbooking: Some studies require a specific number of people participating in each session or they may not be run. For these types of studies, we invite more people to the session than are required. When technologically viable, participants that arrive first to the session will be selected to participate in the study, while those who arrive later will be remunerated with a show-up payment and permitted to leave without participating.

Class Assignments: Studies on our site are not available to students completing class assignments, or to any individuals receiving additional incentives or remuneration outside of what the studies explicitly offer. Participating for reasons other than personal/research interest and financial incentives may interfere with study outcomes and result in major data loss for our researchers or clients. If you are a student looking to complete a project to fulfill a course requirement, please contact the RPP administrator who will try to assist.

Third Party Panel Partners

In partnership with EKOS Research Associates and AskingCanadians by Delvinia, CHASR can help to facilitate the recruitment of general-population Canadian and international research participants, in addition to custom-tailored research samples. We work closely with our third party panel partners on your behalf to recruit research participants based on a number of demographic variables, including geographic location, age, sex, income, education, occupation, family size and composition, among many others.

 


Qualitative Research Recruitment

CHASR can assist with participant recruitment and management for qualitative research projects in one of several ways:

  • The researcher or client may provide CHASR a list with the names and contact information (telephone number and/or e-mail address) of potential participants meeting pre-determined eligibility criteria.
  • If the researcher or client does not have a contact list, CHASR may assist in generating one through various outreach methods, or work in conjunction with our telephone survey laboratory to generate a list.
  • Via a survey. Online surveys can be generated with the primary or secondary goal of focus group and/or interview recruitment. CHASR can utilize the generated list to randomize and stratify sampling appropriately.
  • Generation of letters of invitation, e-mail, and telephone correspondence to confirm participants.
  • Following-up with participants throughout data collection, as needed.
  • CHASR can organize and issue participant payments via in-person cash payments or issuing Interac e-transfers to Canadian participants.
  • If another type of compensation is preferred (i.e., entering a draw to win a prize, gift-card), CHASR will work with the researcher or client to employ that type of participant remuneration.