Participate in Research

UserWorks is always searching for enthusiastic people to participate in our research. It's easy - you'll be paid for your time, and depending upon the study, you can even participate from the comfort of your home or office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I participate?

  • You get to help improve products you already use or may use in the future.
  • You get paid for your time and feedback!

What kind of studies?

  • UserWorks is a User Experience research firm - we get feedback from users about their thoughts and experiences about a given product
  • Our studies aim to improve the user experience of a variety of products ranging from websites and apps, to portable electronics.

What's involved?

  • If the study is in-person, we ask you to travel to the study location which could be at our office in Silver Spring, MD or could be at a client’s location. If the study is remote, you can participate from your home or office.
  • Sessions typically last 60-90 minutes.
  • Every study is different but the usual evaluation would ask you to do some tasks with a particular product and then answer some questions about how easy or difficult the product was to use.
  • We typically record the computer screen or device you are using and if you are participating in person, we would also record you (you'll be asked to sign a consent form). We treat this recorded data as confidential information.

When do the sessions take place?

  • We will try to work with you to find a time for you to participate. We often offer evenings, early mornings, and weekends to try to accommodate our participants.

How soon will I be asked to participate?

  • Unfortunately, we don’t know because it depends on the type of participants our clients are looking for. We always try to give people who have never participated (or have not participated for a long time) a chance to be in a study. Make sure you respond to our database announcements and we’ll call you when we find that your responses match our client’s needs.

How do I sign up?

  • Simply fill out our electronic demographic form and submit it to us to be added to our database. Or if you'd rather, you can call us (301-431-0500) to request a form mailed or faxed to you.

Anything else I can do?

  • If you have family or friends that you think might be interested in participating, feel free to point them to this web page (or give them our phone number) so they can sign up to participate too.