January 6, 2012

RTI International Launches 'Crowdsourced' Research Challenge

Highlights

  • RTI International is offering researchers the opportunity to take part in a "crowdsourced" survey research challenge
  • Entries of up to 10 questions are being accepted for a survey that will be administered in Chicago later this year
  • Winners will have their questions included in the survey and receive responses and demographic data

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—As part of an effort to engage the online community, RTI International is offering researchers the opportunity to take part in a "crowdsourced" survey research challenge.

Entrants will submit up to 10 questions for a survey that will be administered in Chicago later this year. The winning submission(s) will be included in the survey, and the winning researcher(s) or team(s) will receive the response data to their questions along with demographic data, and the first rights to publish results of the survey findings.

"We are holding the contest to better understand the potential for crowdsourcing in survey design and whether this model might result in insights that would be missed under a more traditional research model," said Michael Keating, a survey manager at RTI International who is leading the challenge. "Through the competition, we are hoping to get a very diverse set of ideas and recommendations."

RTI is looking for entries that address creative, cutting edge, and pressing social, economic or policy topics. Submissions are welcome on topics ranging from education, health, and economics to sociology, political science, energy and the environment.

Up to 12 winners will be selected. The submissions chosen will be included in an upcoming survey in the Chicago area, scheduled to take place in spring 2012. The survey will sample approximately 1,600 households in the area, and interviews will be conducted in person. Topics will be broad ranging and linked in one survey instrument.

Contest submissions are due by noon EST Jan. 30; there is no entry fee. To learn more about the contest or to enter, visit www.rti.org/ResearchChallenge.