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If you are doing survey research with human subjects, you will need to obtain explicit consent from your participants before you can administer the survey. This is true whether the survey is electronic or on paper.
In Qualtrics, the general survey flow for creating an informed consent statement is:
There are several ways this survey logic can be implemented in Qualtrics, depending on the survey structure and the researcher's needs. Here, we will show how to set up this survey flow using skip logic or branch logic.
This method uses Skip Logic to direct users to the end of the survey if they disagree with the informed consent question. This method will work for researchers who will only have one ending outcome at the end of their survey. That is, users who consent to the survey will have the same end-of-survey outcome as users who do not consent to the survey.
Click Done when finished.
This procedure uses branch logic to direct users who do not consent to the end of the survey, while sending users who do consent to the survey to the first page of questions. This method has the benefit of allowing for different end-of-survey outcomes depending on whether or not the user consented to the survey.
Click Customize to set the desired endings for the respondents who choose not to consent to the survey.
The informed consent statement is now complete. Make sure to test the logic in Preview Survey to verify that it is working properly.
Doing this will ensure that you have explicit confirmation that your respondents have consented to the survey. It also prevents any complications caused by someone submitting the survey without answering the consent question.
Make sure you test out your survey's informed consent question manually in Preview Mode. If the logic is working correctly, then: