ProofPilot How To

Using Study Templates

Study templates are predefined “fill in the blank” study protocol designs that can be tailored quickly to launch studies. When you want to run a study, instead of creating a design from scratch, you can select from these partially completed study designs. We are starting with some very basic designs (like a 30-day randomized controlled trial). Soon, we’ll include more specific designs (like an evaluation of a digital sleep app).

When you create your study, you’ll select from a template. Then once the study flow page, you’ll see a bunch of dashed boxes. 

The ProofPilot Study Flow page is the heart of our visual protocol design language. When we first launched, this was essentially a blank page where you built your study from scratch.

Now, with study templates instead of a blank page, you’ll notice a new element in our visual protocol design language. It’s the placeholder study task. Click on these dotted boxes to fill in that placeholder with an appropriate template or tool. Depending on the study design you can fill that placeholder in with one of:

  • 400+ measurement instruments
  • several dozen connected health devices
  • electronic medical record data (tested with EPIC and Cerner)
  • treatment and intervention design tools
  • 100+ rewards
  • randomization procedures

Some templates give you complete control over changing the default design. Others are more locked down. As you finish filling in each study task placeholder, your study flow page will start to look more colorful.

 
The first task filled in.
As always you can click on preview, and get a sense of what the participant experience is going to be.
Study templates make it easy for non-researchers to develop scientifically valid studies. A vast majority of interest in ProofPilot is from people who have never run a study before. Even more experienced researchers have never run one online before. Study templates take out some of the guesswork. Non-researchers can create studies with appropriate protocols. It also helps more experienced researchers get the hang of ProofPilot. (And understand this whole “online research” thing).