BELOW ARE THE ACADEMIC RESEARCH AREAS WE WORK WITH
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS / FAQ ( For Research Participants, Assistants and Study tour guides )
Q. WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE OR ASSIST IN ACADEMIC RESEARCH?
A. For several reasons (naturally!):
• Research participants are often compensated with money, gift cards, electronics,
sponsorship and more.
• Travelling. Some research surveys may require a participant, Assistant or guide to travel in different places
locally or abroad for either follow-up studies or just a researcher’s friendly invitation which is fun ,this will help you
connect with different people and cultures.
• You'll be contributing to academic research that improves things for you! Researchers are
often requesting your input, ideas, and feelings on things that you use- to make them better, or to
create new and innovative projects, products, and classes. In the process you learn and develop
yourself and others.
• Applying is free, and you get paid or compensated for your time
• Time convenience. Most research work can be done flexibly in your free time or at home.
Q. HOW DO I GET PAID?
A. Doing your part to assist academic researchers or organisations by participating in research studies takes time
and energy, so we feel that you should be paid or compensated for this. The amount ortype of payment for your
participation in any research studies should be clearly detailed in allparticipation requests or briefs sent to you,
and it's up to you if it's worthwhile to participate.
Payments to participants are made directly to research participants (you) by researchers. Payments are not
made by studio 309; however we do strongly encourage researchers to compensate all research participants.
Pay for your participation is typically in the form of cash payments, however researchers often enrol participants
in contests- selecting some lucky individuals for things such as:tablets, gift cards, and other assorted items.
Universities, research organisations and private or individual donors fund some research surveys. While in some
research surveys, graduate students often pay out of pocket for their research expenses, so try to help them out
regardless of compensation. It’s a research participant’s right to bailout of any research at any time.
In order to avoid misunderstandings or jeopardizing of any research surveys, we encourage all research
participants to ask as many questions as they can before participating in any research project.
If you have no interest in the study. You can still pass on the information to anyone who you think might be eligible
to participate. Your time and effort to pass on the information will be compensated depending on response
and number of participants taken from your referral. Contact studio 309 for more details on referral -
compensation and bonuses.
Q. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN STUDIO 309?
A. R0.00. It's completely free to join.
Q. WHAT WILL I HAVE TO DO TO PARTICIPATE OR ASSIST IN STUDIES AVAILABLE?
A. Many research studies ask participants to complete simple surveys, interviews or a well-explained
research exercise taking anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, some research studies are more
involved and may take weeks, months to years. The kinds of studies you'll be asked to participate in
vary; we ask that academic researchers be as clear as possible with their research work on any
subject, we also encourage research participants to inquire as many questions as possible to
understand all the necessary details before participating or assisting with any research work.
Currently Studio 309 can only work with participants around Gauteng and some parts of Limpopo,
Mpumalanga and Free State; hopefully in the nearby future, we shall extend our work to other
provinces. We shall only prefer to work with honest, respectful, flexible, open and free spirited
people who believe in working, developing and learning from each other as a team. All in all, Studio
309 wishes to work with everyone open to work with. N.B. We shall prefer to work with people we
know face to face not via the internet or phone calls. We can’t book you for work, just because you
sent your application via internet.
Q. CAN STUDIO 309 SHARE DETAILS OF PREVIOUS COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS WITH OTHER
PARTIES NOT INVOLVED IN THE RESEARCH?
A. No. Studio 309 signs a confidentiality agreement with most of our clients, we agree to not disclose
particular details with most of the research projects we are involved as a company. This means as a
company we have no legal right to share any details or documentations about any research work
without the permission of the researcher and the involved research participants.
Q. HOW CAN I FIND STUDIO 309 OFFICES?
A. Currently our studios are located at Blue valley Golf and country estate Midrand. Sms or
whatsapp, for a detailed google map, or directions depending on your means of transport.
Q. HOW OFTEN DO I GET WORK AFTER SUBMITTING MY APPLICATION?
A. As long as man is still seeking knowledge to develop, there will always be research. In this case
anyone is free to apply at any time.
NB. It's important to us - and to the researchers who engage us - that you remain a genuine
'member of the public' rather than becoming a research group expert. Our clients are only interested
in real people, who can add real value to their research either as an assistant, guide or participant.
Join our team if you fully understand and love our working environment. Some people may get work
as soon as they submit their applications, for some it may take some time to get work hence
frustrating sometimes .We know how it feels to apply for anything and not get selected. Please also
look at our other projects on the last page that may be of help in case everything hasn’t been
working your way. Besides being a research agency, Studio 309 has been lucky enough to meet a
number of generous and good friends who are willing to support some of our reach out projects with
the aim of developing or helping anyone in need of assistance or help .With a few donations we are
putting up programs and small projects to engage and help everyone as much as we can. In the mean
time let’s try to explain why some people get more work than others.
Every project that we recruit for comes with a set of eligibility criteria – whether for guides,
Participants or research assistants, sometimes wide open, sometimes very restricted. For example
we might be asked for ‘Men aged 20-40 who drink tea every morning’ – or our client, for whatever
reason, might require ‘Pregnant Women aged 20-40 who drink beer and smoke cigarettes, for a
qualitative research on why do they smoke and drink during pregnancy , how do they feel about this
act , what’s the effect. This observation may take a few hours, a day or the all pregnancy period, even
after the pregnancy period if necessary.’ Etc
When we get a specification like the latter, we have to ask a lot of open questions – This helps to
keep our selection process credible and robust. The point is, you cannot know what our client is
looking for when you complete the form, as it is our job to obscure the 'right' answer, to recruit the
project accurately. It’s also important to point out that all these criteria are specified by our clients in
every case. Studio 309 does not have the discretion to alter or amend them, even if it would make
our lives a lot easier if we could... Our job is to recruit people who precisely meet the profile the
researcher has given us. Same applies with compensation or payment with your work, Studio 309
does not determine how much you are being paid, if you find the payments less or not fitting your
demands, we advise you not to join the project.
The other reason you might not get into a research is that the group simply fills too fast. Obviously in
an ideal world we aim to invite exactly the right number of people to apply for any given project –.
However, we have to make a judgment taking into account how many will be eligible, how quickly
people will respond (when we are recruiting at very short notice we have to invite more people, as
some people still don’t read their email for days), and how easy it will be to ring people back and
book them. And whilst we always try to keep disappointments to a minimum, we have to over
rather than underestimate volumes to be sure of filling our groups. This does inevitably mean that a
few perfectly eligible people get disappointed on every job, it’s something that we regret and do all
we can to minimize, but can see no way of avoiding. Unfortunately it can also mean you don't get the
'thanks but no thanks' message till the last minute, as we have to wait until the group is completed,
and confirmed (with no-one dropping out on us), before we can tell everyone else they are not
required. Of course, if you haven't heard from us until a day or maximum a week or 2 depending on
the description of the project. you can probably assume you haven't been selected, and if we do
have to make an emergency call-around due to cancellations we fully expect most people to have
made other plans. If this is the case for you it WON'T affect your likelihood of receiving future
invitations (only no-showing a group does that), we quite understand that our members have lives
and other commitments - another reason we always have to overestimate numbers for invites
Q. SO WHEN WILL I GET PICKED?
A. There is no single answer to this question; however here are a few suggestions that may make it
easy for you to always be selected...
• Respond as quickly as possible. The earliest responses are more likely to get booked, as we
tend to start work on booking as early as possible.• Be easy to get hold of. Even if you are first on the list,
if we call you and can’t speak to you,
we cannot book you. If there are loads of eligible responses we won’t usually leave a message, we
will simply work on and try to fill the group. And if we do leave a message, it doesn’t mean that we
are able to hold a place in the group for you, so if you are still available for it do get back to us fast! If
Please take heart if you haven’t yet been selected, we know it must be really frustrating, but we try
very hard to keep everyone updated with any of our current studies , We also encourage you to join
any projects available that may be of help .
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