Against a backdrop of growing public concern about digital information security, dropout rates among participants are challenging the premise that smart phones alone can efficiently and economically yield the number and variety of research participants needed to achieve scientific goals.
In response, some scientists are pulling back from the idea of apps as stand-alone research platforms and repositioning them as simply one tool of engagement among many, thereby giving research participants leeway and choice. Others are paying careful attention to user preferences and tolerances as a way to increase the quality and usefulness of the information research participants provide and secure their long-term commitment.
About the Report
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation commissioned this report by Wielawski to understand challenges and promising paths forward for engaging people in research studies using mobile apps and other digital devices. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.