Can I pay incentives off the platform? I want to give Respondents a gift card, or cash, or a voucher, or enter them in a competition
All research participants that are recruited on the platform must be paid via the platform. Respondent pays research participants who completed the study via PayPal.
There are several reasons why payments must be made via the Respondent platform:
- It protects researchers and respondents in the event of a payment dispute
- Being paid is confirmation that the research participant successfully completed their obligations; this improves their reputation on the platform
- Cash (in the form of PayPal transaction) is the best motivator of participation - gift cards and vouchers are proven to negatively impact interest in research studies
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