The short answer is, No.
All research participants that are recruited on the platform must be paid through the platform. Respondent pays research participants who complete a project 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 transactions) is the best motivator of participation - gift cards and vouchers are proven to negatively impact interest in research studies.
Gift card, cash, or voucher incentives, or the offer to enter a Participant in a competition goes against Respondent's Terms of Service.
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