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Create a New Study

The first step of using Ethica is by creating a Study. Studies are the main building blocks of Ethica, which represent your entire research project. You should not divide your research projects into multiple Ethica studies. Similarly, you cannot use Ethica for your research project without creating one study.

Creating a New Study

You can start a new study by clicking on the New Study button on your dashboard's homepage:
New Study button in Ethica researcher dashboard
This will open the Create a New Study dialog. Click on Let's Go to proceed. On the next page that opens, you can enter the initial information about your study. Below, we will walk you through these steps. On every step, make sure you enter a valid response. When you do, the checkmark next to the box is enabled. You can then press the check-mark button, or the Enter on your keyboard to go to the next question.
Also, you can move between completed steps by clicking on their titles.
Create a New Study form in the Researcher Dashboard

Study Name

The first step is to provide a name for your study. The name should be short, memorable, and concise. It will be used both on the Ethica website and the Ethica app to refer to this study.

Organization Name

Next, you need to specify the name of the organization that is conducting this study. By default, this will be the organization or university you are affiliated with. Though if you prefer to choose a different name, you can enter it here.
Next, you should enter the content of the participant consent form for your study. This is often the content that is approved by your institution's review board as part of your study's review board application. This content is shown to participants during the registration before they join your study. Participants are expected to read and accept this prior to joining the study. In particular, you need to ensure your consent form covers the followings:
  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • What are the potential risks or benefits to the participants?
  • How data will be handled and who will have access to the data?
  • How can participants contact a member of the research team?
  • What is the withdrawal process?
If you are already planning to meet with each participant in person and ask them to sign a paper form, then the content written here will be more informatory. In this case, you can just add the information you want to be easily accessible to participants.
Furthermore, if you don't plan to get a signed paper copy of the consent form from each participant, you can put the consent form materials in this field, and inform participants that their registration in the study will indicate their implicit consent.
You can format your content using the available controls at the top of the input area.

Participation Period

As participants join in your study, Ethica automatically calculates when their participation should start, and when it should finish. At this stage, you determine for Ethica how to calculate the participation period by setting the participation start and end time. We explain this in more detail in the Participation Period.

Participation Duration

As the final step of creating a New Study dialog, you need to determine how many days each participant will take part in the study.

Finalize

After adjusting the participation timeline in the last step, you can click on the Start button to create your study. This might take a few seconds, and during this time, Ethica will set up a database for your study.
After this, you will be taken to your study's home page (Basics page) in your Researcher Dashboard.

Basics Page

The Basics page shows a few basic configurations for your study and allows you to modify them as needed:
Basics page for a newly created study in Ethica
On this page, you can see the ID of your study, the name, organization name, consent materials, and participation timeline you chose while creating the study, the number of activities, data sources, and participants already in your study, and some other items.

Study ID

Ethica assigns a unique ID to each study. This enables you to distinguish your study from other studies on the Ethica platform. For example, in the image above, ID 1302 is assigned to our demo study. You need to share this study ID with the participants of your study based on your preference on available options for enrolling them. You can read more about this in the Enrollment section.

Study Background

The Study Background option allows you to customize the look and feel of the Ethica app and website for your study. The image you select here will be applied to the background and theme of your study on the Ethica app and website. In the following, an example of a customized background image is provided:
The home screen of a study with a custom background image on an Android device
The home screen of a study with a custom background image on an iPhone device
The home screen of a study with a custom background image on Ethica website
To change your study background, on the Basics page, click on the Edit button at the top-right of the Study Background section. A dialog will open and let you select an image for the background. An ideal image aspect ratio is 9:16 (a portrait aspect ratio common among smartphones), such as 720 x 1280.
Study Background dialog in Ethica

Access Permission

By default, you are the only person who has administrative access to your study. You can grant this access to other researchers and colleagues registered in Ethica, or revoke their access. To do so:
  1. 1.
    On the Basics page, scroll down to the Access Permissions section at the bottom of the page.
  2. 2.
    Click on the Add button at the top-right corner of this section.
  3. 3.
    In the Add a New Member dialog, enter the email address of the person you want to invite to join the study. Note that this new person should already be registered in Ethica as a Researcher and also should have verified their email address.
Ethica Study Access Permissions - Add
  1. 4.
    Click on the Add button to add the new team member.
If you want to remove one or more persons from the team, click on the checkbox next to their names. An action bar will appear which includes a text indicating the number of the selected team members as well as a Remove button at the end. Click on the Remove button to revoke their access. A confirmation prompt will appear before the action is taken:
Ethica Study Access Permission Revoke