The User Research Center (URC) can provide consultations on what types and how many participants to recruit for your studies. We use a variety of recruitment approaches including:
- Targeted email recruiting; we provide templates and best practices. See examples in the UX wiki (HarvardKey only).
- On the spot recruiting for informal testing; we provide a list of locations on-campus and information on how to reserve space. See examples in the UX wiki (HarvardKey only).
- If you’re interested in recruiting users of assistive technology for testing for accessibility, please view our accessibility participant pool information.
- Recruiting from the URC Participant Pool. See further details below.
URC Participant Pool Overview
The Harvard Library Student Feedback list is available to recruit Harvard students for usability testing and online activities. All non-Harvard Library departments must provide the payment or raffle items for participants. The list consists of over 600 students, with both undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard.
If you’d like to recruit participants for a study, please contact the URC at email@example.com and we will help coordinate recruitment.
Recruiting and Incentives
Need ideas for email templates, recruiting methods, or incentive ideas? We have additional resources available on the UX Wiki for help (HarvardKey only), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.