There are lots of survey site recommendations doing the rounds. But whilst many of these sites (in my opinion) are a waste of time and energy, Prolific surveys, which specialise in behavioural research, is well worth being a part of. I think it’s the best survey site of the lot and if you’re not already a member, then you should be. Here’s why:
Researchers from all over the world post studies on Prolific. The surveys are usually behaviour based and current affairs and cultural issues are often explored. This means that the research is quite interesting and fun to participate in.
You won’t be screened out
I don’t know about you, but I find it frustrating when I spend ten minutes filling in a survey, only to be told that I’m not eligible. But with Prolific surveys, that never happens.
There’s a pretty comprehensive ‘about you’ section to fill in. There are 206 questions in total, split over fifteen different categories. The categories include work, physical health, socioeconomic variables, education and personal finance. You don’t have to answer every question to get studies, but the more you fill in, the more surveys you’re likely to be invited to participate in. You do have to ensure that this information is current, but once this section is filled in, your answers are saved and Prolific screens surveys on your behalf. This means that if there’s a survey on your dashboard, you’re free to dive in and you won’t be screened out partway through completion.
How will I know when there’s a new survey to complete?
If you’re eligible for a study then it will appear on your Prolific dashboard. A random sample will be notified by email that a new study is available, but not everybody will receive this prompt, so it makes sense to sign into the site and to have the Prolific surveys tab open in the background. You don’t need to refresh the page though, as it will update itself when a survey becomes available. You will see a number in brackets appear within the tab, which indicates that there’s a survey waiting for you.
How much can I earn?
The amount you get for each survey depends on the length of time it takes to complete. I’ve earned between 9p and £15 for the surveys I’ve taken part in.
You’re told from the onset how much you will get for each survey and how long it should take. You can also leave a survey at any point if you decide you don’t want to continue. If you decide to participate though, then make sure you’re on the ball. Many of the surveys test that you’re paying attention and if you fail, then you may not get your reward.
Do I get paid straight away?
It can take anything from a few hours to a few days for the researcher to confirm that they’re happy with the quality of your response and to release your payment.
You will need at least £5 in your account before you’re able to cash out. You’ll also need to verify your email address, phone number and your cash-out email address (which must be associated with a PayPal account). Once you’ve cashed out, the payment will be made instantly.
Is it worth it?
Prolific surveys are interesting, the pay is good and it’s up to you how active you are on the site.
The site isn’t perfect. Sometimes you’ll complete a survey and you won’t feel it was worth the reward. There’s no app available and although you can complete some surveys on your phone, or your tablet, you’ll need a desktop to take part in most of them.
Overall, I think Prolific is worth signing up to and I’m yet to find a better survey site.