Participate in our research
To carry out our world-changing research, we need individuals to provide information about their health and other factors that can affect their lives.
Many advances in population health in the United Kingdom and beyond would not have been possible without individuals volunteering their time to advance research. If you are considering participating in a study, this page will help you understand what is involved.
What is a research study?
Our research programmes use data collected through a number of participant studies. These studies help us to learn more about a specific problem or answer a particular question. The information collected varies from study to study – typically questions might focus on the participant’s health, background or education. Once this information has been collected, it is collated and analysed by researchers in order to extract interesting and useful insight - which in turn can have a big impact on policy and practice.
Why should I take part in a research study?
While sometimes there may not be a direct benefit to you, there are many good reasons to take part in a research study. By participating, you will:
- Help researchers understand how a specific issue influences health and wellbeing
- Provide invaluable information that can help others in the future
- In some studies, you will be compensated for your time (normally by shopping voucher).
What happens to my data?
We are committed to conducting responsible research and maximising the use of publicly-funded data to improve health and wellbeing. We have developed a data sharing policy for all of our studies, with the aim of making data as widely and freely available as possible to researchers, while safeguarding the privacy of participants, protecting confidential data, and maintaining the reputation of the study. The criteria and process for accessing data varies according to each study, and further information can be obtained from the researcher conducting the study. You have the right to ask us for the data we hold about you.
WAYS (Wellbeing Among Youth in Scotland)
We are currently looking for participants for a project aiming to better understand what matters for health and wellbeing among young people of diverse sexualities and genders across Scotland.
We would like to hear from people who are:
- Aged 16-25
- Living anywhere in Scotland.
Taking part involves two conversational interviews (approx. 1 hour each), about 10-12 weeks apart. Participants will receive a £25 voucher per interview, to thank them for their time. Participants will also be invited to take photos (if they wish) that capture what health and wellbeing means in their day-to-day life.
If you would like to take part or find out more about the WAYS project, please contact Ruth Lewis (call or text 07776 248333, or email email@example.com).
Project aiming to better understand men in Scotland’s experiences of food insecurity
We are currently looking for participants for a project aiming to better understand men in Scotland’s experiences of food insecurity:
- We would like to hear from people who are:
- Male and do not have or live with a partner
- Aged 18-65
- Live in Scotland
And answer yes to any of the following questions:
In the last 12 months have you:
- Felt anxiety about having enough food at any time?
- Been unable to eat healthy and nutritious food because of lack of money or other resources?
- Eaten a diet based on only few kinds of foods because of lack of money or other resources?
- Skipped a meal because there was not enough money or other resources to get food ?
- Eaten less than you thought you should because there was not enough money or other resources?
- Run out of food because of lack of money or other resources?
- Felt hungry but didn’t eat because there was not enough money or other resources?
- Went without eating for a whole day?
Taking part involves meeting twice. Once for a quick 15-20 minute meeting and a second about one to two weeks later which will last around an hour. Between these meetings you’ll be asked to take some photographs for a few days which we will then talk about in the second meeting. Participants will receive a £20 voucher as a thank you for their time.
If you would like to take part or find out more, please contact Kathryn Machray (call or text 07909872615, or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Understanding LGBT+ youth suicide
We are currently looking for people to participate in conversational interviews with a researcher of around 1 hour for the Understanding LGBT+ youth suicide project. Although we have had a great response from across some LGBT+ communities, some groups remain under-represented in our sample, and so we are currently looking for:
- Queer and trans people of colour
- Trans women
- Cis (not trans) gay and bisexual men
- Are aged 16-24
- Are based in Scotland
- Have either had suicidal thoughts or have previously attempted suicide
The interviews will be confidential, and all information will be anonymised.
You will receive a £20 voucher in exchange for your participation.
Interviews will take place in a location of your choosing and you will be provided with an outline of the interview topics before the interview to give you a clearer idea of what we will discuss.
If you would like to know more about this PhD project, work with an organisation who would like to be involved, or would like to participate, please contact me via email email@example.com, phone 07989161022 or find me on Twitter @hazelmarzetti.
Trans and non-binary experiences of sex
This study aims to understand more about trans and non-binary people’s emotional, sensory, social and physical experiences of sex.
We would like to interview around 30 trans people (including transgender, non-binary and people with a transsexual history). We hope to hear from people of different ages (18+), genders, relationship styles, sexual experiences, and transitions (if any).
Interviews will take about 1 hour, or up to 2 hours if you have lots to say on the topic.
Find out more on the project page.