Chat SMARTRIQS allows real-time communication between participants. Any number of participants in a group can participate in chat. The chat feature is highly customizable: researchers can set up multiple chat stages within one study, allow chat between certain participants only (e.g., based on role or decision), and add time limit to chat. Furthermore, researchers can […]

Data Policy

Data Policy Any data collected and processed while using the default SMARTRIQS server is stored on a secure, SSL-encrypted virtual server, hosted at Amazon Web Services. Only the developer of SMARTRIQS has access to this server. Since all data is saved in Qualtrics, data on the default SMARTRIQS server is stored only temporarily and is […]

Sending and retrieving data

Sending and retrieving data Matching is just the first step in any interactive online experiment — the more interesting parts are when participants can actually send their choice and messages to others. The way sending and retrieving is implemented in SMARTRIQS is very similar to how matching is implemented. In a nutshell, both sending and […]

Randomization (roles, conditions)

Randomization (roles, conditions) Participants can be randomly assigned to treatments and roles. Randomization is flexible: researchers can either let SMARTRIQS assign treatments and roles after participants are matched in groups (Method 1, recommended) or assign treatments and roles before participants are matched in groups, by using the `Randomizer’ element in the Survey Flow. While matching […]

Best practices

Best practices & other useful information Running interactive studies online is always a bit challenging, but by following these guidelines, you can minimize the chance of encountering issues and you can maximize data quality. General Recruitment In general, try to recruit participants at the same time to guarantee minimal waiting times. Do NOT recruit participants […]

Matching participants

Matching participants SMARTRIQS offers a simple but very efficient matching algorithm. When a participant proceeds to the MATCH block, their data is transferred to the server. Then, a script checks if there is a suitable group for the participant (a group that has an open slot for the participant). If there is a suitable group, […]

Overview of basic concepts

Overview of basic concepts Embedded data. Embedded data are variables and parameters defined (or calculated) in the Qualtrics Survey Flow. Embedded data serve several functions in SMARTRIQS: they define study parameters, store participant information, decisions and results of operations. Embedded data are highlighted in this documentation:¬†sample embedded data. Whenever you see this format, it refers […]

Progress monitor

Progress monitor (LINK) Researchers can also monitor data collection in real-time using the SMARTRIQS progress monitor. The progress monitor shows essential information about groups (group number, condition, group status and progress) and participants (role, ID, last activity, responses) in a simple and concise way. The progress monitor also allows researchers to download data from the […]

BOTs, inactive players and dropouts

Managing bots, inactive players and dropouts SMARTRIQS offers flexibility in handling inactive participants and dropouts. You can choose from three options: 1. Bots and default responses This method uses bots and default responses to fill missing roles and missing responses, whenever participants exceed the maximum waiting time (specified by the maxWaitTime parameter), ensuring that every […]

Getting started

NEW: Step-by-step tutorial on ResearchGate Getting started STEP 0. SMARTRIQS runs in Qualtrics. If you have never used Qualtrics before, here is an amazing 10-minute video tutorial by Dare McNamara, in which she explains how to use the basic features of Qualtrics. For more advanced features (such as survey logic, survey flow, piped text, etc.), […]