A key part of research preparation consist in the identification of the right mix of participants for the sessions, especially when the research is qualitative. The recruiting screener is a short questionnaire that can be circulated through your own networks, specific communities or specialised recruiting agencies, to help assess if a candidate is compatible with a set of defined criteria. The answers help exclude respondants that don’t match the recruiting criteria, as well as balance different variables within small groups of selected participants.
Ask a few preliminary questions to identify the right participants for a research study. Add one or two open-ended questions that help better understand the approach and personality.