Participating in Research
All Hanover students, faculty, and staff have free accounts for Qualtrics (just use your Hanover login info). Qualtrics is a top-of-the-line survey research platform that is used widely for both academic and market research. Because Qualtrics can be a little bit intimidating for people who have not used it before, Dr. Saczawa ran an "Introduction to Qualtrics" session. The video can be found here, and you can email her for help with any of the other functions you may want to use.
Institutional Review Board
Hanover College requires that all human subjects research be submitted to the Institutional Review Board. In addition to guidelines for ethical research, the IRB website includes sample documents, such as consent forms and debriefing statements.
The Hanover IRB requires all researchers to have completed ethics training through the CITI Program. Instructions for accessing the required training course are available on the IRB website
Several data analysis programs are available. Most Hanover students learn to work in R and RStudio during MAT217 (Applied Statistics). Students are typically introduced to Jamovi and/or SPSS as part of PSY220 (Research Design and Statistics) and continue to conduct statistical analysis in 300- and 400-level classes.
Don't reinvent the wheel! There's a pretty good chance someone has already developed a measure for your variable. Even if there aren't any that are perfect for your study, there are probably measures that you could adapt to fit your study. Below are several websites that include full copies of measures commonly used in psychological research.
- PsyToolkit Survey Library
- Psychological Scales
- NovoPsych Assessment Library
- Addiction Resource Center Self-Report Measures
- Rehabilitation Measures Database
- PsyToolkit Experiment Library