Paid Surveys Glossary

This is the place to find all of the glossary terms used in the online survey industry. There are hundreds of survey related terms, covering all aspects of the industry.

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Incentives - Rewards given to survey takers, panel members, or focus group memebrs in exchange for their time and opinions.

Inclusion/exclusion Criteria - The medical or social standards determining whether a person may or may not be allowed to enter a clinical trial. These criteria are based on such factors as age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. It is important to note that inclusion and exclusion criteria are not used to reject people personally, but rather to identify appropriate participants and keep them safe.

Informed Consent - The process of learning the key facts about a clinical trial before deciding whether or not to participate. It is also a continuing process throughout the study to provide information for participants. To help someone decide whether or not to participate, the doctors and nurses involved in the trial explain the details of the study.

Informed Consent Document - A document that describes the rights of the study participants, and includes details about the study, such as its purpose, duration, required procedures, and key contacts. Risks and potential benefits are explained in the informed consent document. The participant then decides whether or not to sign the document. Informed consent is not a contract, and the participant may withdraw from the trial at any time.

Institutional Review Board - A committee of physicians, statisticians, researchers, community advocates, and others that ensures that a clinical trial is ethical and that the rights of study participants are protected. All clinical trials in the U.S. must be approved by an IRB before they begin. 2. Every institution that conducts or supports biomedical or behavioral research involving human participants must, by federal regulation, have an IRB that initially approves and periodically reviews the research in order to protect the rights of human participants.


Interview - The process of talking with a person or group of people to get their opinions. Each interview is hosted by a moderator or interviewer.

Interview Bias - When preconcieved thoughts cuase the interview to yeild faulty data. introduced by the interviewer because of faulty interview process.