How does it work? The PRP uses the SONA Systems cloud-based subject pool software, which is generally used in universities all over the world in academic settings such as psychology departments. The PRP chose SONA System for its expertise in the field of research pools, technology, and security. After approval, research project sign-up is conducted completely online and provides researchers with information regarding potential participants also registered with the pool. More information about SONA can be found at: https://www.sona-systems.com. Once a study is approved, a researcher will also have access to more detailed information about the system operations.
The PRP is maintained through WIU and ILETSBEI, charges to researchers are intended to support the maintenance, software, and personnel required at cost. Researchers are charged in accordance with a single administrative fee per study of $200.00 US per year when aiding in the recruitment of CJ professionals into the pool.
How do I submit a study for approval? Application requests are submitted electronically. Submit a one (1) page abstract, an IRB Approval Letter with institutional contact information, the resume/curriculum vita of the researcher(s), and acknowledgment of reading and review of this manual (i.e., Researcher Procedural Manual). The abstract should be written for a general, but educated audience (i.e., avoids, or clearly defines, field-specific jargon) and include:
- A clear hypothesis and theoretical basis for the research.
- The methodology employed for hypothesis testing.
- Clear indication of the number of subjects requested and an estimate of time investment for each participant.
- If applicable, indicate whether the research has connections to the Six Pillars of 21st Century Policing (see PRP home page for more information).