Frequently asked questions

Can I be a participant even if I have a full time job?

Absolutely. Our in-person projects can be done on a day off or paid-vacation time allowing you to earn extra spending money. Our online projects allow you the ability to make money any time from your own computer after being notified and before the project deadline.

Where are the in-person projects held?

In-Person Projects are held at pre-arranged facilities throughout the country as well as our home office in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The exact meeting location and address for a particular project is given after the screening process.

How many projects can I do?

After you sign-up with RPI, we keep your name in our database and contact you for future online and/or in-person projects that you are eligible for.

Do you withhold taxes?

No. It is your responsibility to report and remit withholding taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

What is the subject matter of the project?

For both online and in-person projects, each project is unique and we do not disclose the subject matter until the day of the project. We pride ourselves in conducting valid research therefore we want candid, unbiased reactions and opinions to the issues we are testing.

Can my friends and family do it too?

Friends and family are welcome to register with RPI! We encourage you to tell others about RPI and how they can earn money too. Please note that we do not schedule friends or family members for the same project due to our need for diversity in each of our projects.

Only the person specifically contacted by a RPI representative, screened, and assigned to the project is able to attend. Please do not bring friends or family along with you to an In-Person Project since they would not be eligible to participate. We will try contacting them for the next project we do.

Do I have to qualify?

No, anyone over the age of 18 and eligible to work in the U.S. can register with RPI. We do however have a screening process that is done over the phone for all our in-person projects since we are required to meet certain criteria. If we are unable to use you on a particular project or your demographic category is full, we will try to contact you first when another project you are eligible for becomes available.

What is orientation?

For in-person projects, we over-recruit participants just in case some people do not attend. If more than enough people attend, we randomly release people after the orientation (usually the first hour to two hours of your project). If this happens you will be paid for your time and we will contact you for future projects in your area.

How do I get paid?

In-Person Projects: You will be paid by check at the conclusion of the project.

Online Projects: You will receive a check in mail. The check is delivered to the address you provided during the sign-up process. Checks are mailed after the project is completed which can take one to several weeks depending on the project type.

Do I get breaks during in-person projects?

Typically a full day is 7:00am until 6:00pm and the first hour to two hours consists of a project orientation, breakfast and initial paperwork. However, each of our projects is different and range in length and format.

Over the course of the day, you will have breaks to walk around or use the restroom. We do not allow participants to leave the facility over the course of the project because of the tight schedule of all our projects.

You will be able to use cell phones and other electronic devices but only during breaks. When we are in session, you must turn off your cell phone to minimize distractions.

Do I have to buy anything?

No. We are not selling anything and we require absolutely no money from you at any time. We are only interested in your feedback on presentations. RPI simply pays you for your time and opinions.

Do I remain anonymous?

Yes. Any and all information given to us remains with Research Participants Institute. We do not sell names, numbers, or any other personal information to anyone.

How do I dress for in-person projects?

We ask that our participants wear casual business attire to all our projects. We ask that you refrain from wearing jeans, T-shirts, shorts, sweats, tennis shoes, flip-flops, or hats. However, we do not turn people away because of their attire.

Examples of appropriate attire for men: slacks or khakis with a collared or button-down shirt, etc.

Examples of appropriate attire for women: dress pants, khakis, skirt with an appropriate shirt/blouse or a dress, etc.

What do I bring with me to the in-person projects?

Bring your driver’s license or state-issued ID with you to the project. We will provide everything else you will need throughout the course of the project. We do however encourage you to bring a book or magazine for any downtime during the project.

We provide meals depending on the project length. If you have special dietary needs or preferences, please always bring your own food and essentials with you.

What if I can’t participate in a project?

If we call or send you a notification email and the times/dates do not work with your schedule, let us know and we can certainly contact you again for another project. However, if you are assigned and scheduled for a project and you do not attend without notice, you will not be called for future projects.

We understand emergencies can occur, but we ask that you confirm your participation with us the day prior or you will not be contacted for future projects.

How often can I participate with RPI?

You are eligible to participate in as many projects as contacted. However our clients often ask that you have not recently participated in a group to keep your opinions as unbiased and fresh as possible. Each project is different; some say three months or six months, and others request a year between projects. Online Projects do not count toward your past participation.

Should I show up for an in-person project early?

Punctuality is required. Our projects are made within a tight timeframe for not only our time scheduling, but also yours. We recommend that if you are unfamiliar with an in-person project location, then it would be in your best interest to leave earlier than normal to allow yourself enough time to find the location. However, our start time is the required time you need to arrive. We typically start check-in process 10-15 minutes prior to the start time.

Better to show up early rather than late – late participants may be turned away if the project has already begun.

I heard or saw RPI had a project. Why wasn’t I contacted for it?

Majority of our projects require that you live in a certain area to be eligible for a particular project and we must comprise our groups based on the demographic composition of the population in that area. If you were not contacted for a project, RPI may have already filled your demographic for that particular project. We also have limited seating for each project and the project you heard about may be full.

How do I get assigned to a project?

Register online with a valid, unique email address and phone number. Once there is a project you would be eligible for, we will send you an email notification or call you outlining the details for that project to see if you are #1 interested and #2 available. You will then be screened over the phone by a RPI representative (takes less than 5 minutes); if you pass the screening process you are assigned to that project and given the location and full details.

If you share an email address with someone else, only one of you can register with that email address. If both of you would like to register, you will need to provide an unique address for each person.

Online projects are strictly done through email. Register online with a valid email address, wait for an email invitation for a project, log-in and complete the online project.

What if I would like to be removed from the database?

RPI appreciates your participation in our research. But if you do not want to participate in the future, we of course understand and respect your decision. Simply let us know by replying to an email notification, letting an RPI representative know over the phone, or by filling out the form on the Contact Us page.