Economic and Social Research Council funded workshop

‘Differential respondent incentives’, 7 June 2019, London, UK

This workshop focused on the ethical, practical and cost/benefit issues of differentially incentivising participants. This is common practice in survey research in social sciences to improve response rates, increase representation of hard-to-recruit people and groups, or to recognise differences in burden. However, it is a controversial practice, for example it may be seen to be inequitable and could be potentially exploitable by respondents. The aim of the workshop, attended by representatives from major UK cohort studies, UK government research, and UK social and market research agencies, was to explore and specify the arguments for and against, the various ways in which they can be employed and human rights concerns, and to work towards an output of use to researchers considering using differential incentives. A publication will result and will be useful resource for the PRO-RES framework.