Before You Start
Right now, PrefApp is only available for non-commercial, academic research conducted by researchers in Canada.
You can begin building your survey, but you cannot start collecting data until you have entered the relevant Research Ethics Board (REB) details - relevant details for ethics applications is available in the platform information page. This mitigates privacy and security risks for our platform. We ask you do not use PrefApp to collect personal health information - please see below for details of how to link to other platforms to do this.
To get started, you will need to email the PrefApp team and ask them to create an account for you. When you contact the PrefApp team to create an account, please let us know the name of the Canadian institution with which you are affiliated and whether you intend to get research ethics for your project.
Once your account is approved, you will receive an e-mail with a link to set-up your Prefapp account.
Building Your Survey
Building a survey in PrefApp is easy. First, you will want to decide if you are collecting all of your data in PrefApp or if you will be collecting some in another platform and then redirecting participants to PrefApp. Remember, don't collect personal health information with PrefApp. That means in a PrefApp survey you can ask about identifiable characteristics, like date of birth and name, OR you can ask about health characteristics, but not both. If you want to collect both, you will need to collect some of the information on another platform, like REDCap.