Hello everyone. I’m curious about other researchers’ experience here on this platform and hoping to see if there’s any learned experiences that they can share with me on issues that I’m about to discuss below.
For context: I’m a graduate student that’s using Prolific to collect data for my thesis, so efficient time use is critical for me to maintain progress. As per Prolific’s policies, I’m using a recruitment survey with specific employment-sector prescreen filters selected to identify organizational decision makers, paying everyone who completed the survey and selecting the participants that matches the criteria we’re looking for to invite into a follow-up main survey.
The challenges I’m encountering at the moment:
I’m constantly getting a handful of participants who choose to not give consent, but also is not returning their survey as instructed by Prolific, nor do they respond to messages.
Similarly, I have quite a bit of participants failing my validation of employment-sector prescreen who are also not returning their survey as instructed by Prolific, nor do they respond to messages.
These are clear cut issues where Prolific has said that if it’s a genuine mistake, the respondent should return their submission. Is there an expedited way to have Prolific manually return these submissions instead of having to wait 7+ days? Has anyone else also encountered these issues?
Finally, a matter of concern about Prolific participant profiles.
In the most extreme case, I have received an underage participant that identified himself as an IT apprentice but self-reported himself as upper/middle management. In other cases, I have participants who even self-reported as business analysts, junior managers, yet they’ve passed my prescreen filters of upper/middle management.
Are other researchers also experience issues like these where participant answers do not align with the prescreen validations directly? How exactly does Prolific verify participants’ self-reported employment-sector and positions?