Design Preference Web Survey
Kosada designed and implemented a secure, anonymous web interface for OSU psychology student Berae McClary's junior research project.
We built an unobtrusive, highly functional, user-friendly interface to allow study participants to make their preference decisions as free from outside influence as possible. We allowed the user to simply click on the images in the order of preference — click the favorite first, and so on. As the user selected choices, the ones already selected grayed out and a ranking number appeared below. If a user changed his or her mind, or entered something mistakenly, a button at the bottom of the screen made it easy to reset the question without affecting the other questions. A small bar at the top indicated how far along in the survey the user was at any given time.
The survey also had to go through the standard review process for all medical and psychological studies involving human subjects. We worked with Ms. McClary to determine the best way to maintain the strict IRB-required privacy standards — we had the flexibility to make the survey confidential (gathering participant information but keeping it highly secure) or anonymous (gathering no participant information). We used a secure login that was distributed to selected participants to limit participation in the survey to the pool of pre-selected study subjects.