4 Things to Consider when Choosing a Market Research Recruitment Firm

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If your market research company is considering outsourcing recruitment for focus groups or interviews, there are a number of things to consider before selecting which recruitment firm to partner with. Many market researchers will tell you that managing recruitment in-house is time-intensive and can sometimes blow up budgets. You don’t want to align with any recruitment firm though, you want to think of this as a partnership that performs a critical function of your market research.

There are a number of recruitment firms out there, so how do you choose? Beyond a values-match, here are four things that are important to consider:

Respondent Bill of Rights

Does the recruitment firm abide by the Respondent Bill of Rights, as set forth as “best practices” by the Marketing Research Association? In order for recruits to feel comfortable sharing their honest opinions they want to know that their privacy will be protected and what, exactly, they might expect during an interview or focus group. The Respondent Bill of Rights was developed to ensure subjects that there is a standard of professionalism and privacy in exchange for them agreeing to participate in a study. Knowing that a recruitment firm honors this bill of rights is one way to discern the level of care and respect the firm uses when recruiting. It is also an easy way to know how personal information is managed and the safeguards that are in place regarding sensitive data.

Privacy Protection

Privacy protection dovetails with the Respondent Bill of Rights. While the bill of rights focuses on participants in a study, privacy protection extends to the subject matter being researched. Often there are highly sensitive and proprietary issues exposed during a research project, and clients commissioning market research studies want the assurance that there is a level of privacy protection in place. While the burden of this falls on the market research company, it is important that participants are made aware of the potential sensitivity of the subject being explored, and this is where the standards and practices of the recruitment firm comes into play. Asking to see the privacy policy of a recruitment firm should be one of the first things you ask for when interviewing recruitment firms.

Proven Track-Record

What is the success rate of the recruitment firm you’re considering? Can they offer you a client-list for reference checks? Can they demonstrate transparency and clearly communicate their recruitment strategies? What types of studies have they recruited for in the past? Some recruitment firms specialize in one or few areas, so make sure you ask if they have experience recruiting for the targeted demographic required for your market research. Further, how do they manage personal information of their recruits and what are their policies for safeguarding sensitive information. These are some of the questions to ask before partnering with a recruitment firm.

Geographic Recruitment

Many market research studies need to pull from a wide geographic area and you’ll want to know if the recruitment firm you’re considering has the ability to recruit participants that match the geographic demands of your study. Market research can either be broad or very niche, so asking about a firm’s experience in recruiting across geographic ranges is important.

Partnering with a recruitment firm that can satisfactorily answer the above questions will give your market research team the confidence that a crucial component of your research can be carried out.

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