DigiKnowIt News can help you recruit children and teens for your next study!

We understand recruiting young people to participate in your research can be difficult.

DigiKnowIt News is an interactive website designed to address the most significant barriers to youth participation in research: lack of information, misinformation, mistrust, and fear about research.

DigiKnowIt News is designed to educate potential research participants ages 8-17 on various aspects of participating in a pediatric research, so they may be more likely and comfortable to participate in your research. By engaging youth with immersive, interactive activities to learn about research, DigiKnowIt News can help youth learn to confidently make decisions about their health and opportunities to participate in research.

Developed by researchers and medical health professionals along with youth and parents, DigiKnowIt News was strategically designed to help you recruit more young people for your research, establish trust with participants, and involve youth in the decision-making process before and during research study participation.

iRT has developed a suite of online resources that represent many of the experiences that a young person might have if they participate in a pediatric clinical trial or research project.

As a researcher interested in recruiting your full participant sample, you will want to customize what your potential participants will see to reflect the methods and procedures being used in your study. DigiKnowIt News is strategically designed so that you do just that!

  • You can pick and choose modules from a menu of options to create a custom recruitment website for your unique study.

  • Once you pick the components of DigiKnowIt News that you want to include, the resulting website will be developmentally appropriate, multimedia, self-paced, asynchronous, and interactive.

  • You can also choose the content to be as short or long, and as interactive or passive, as you like!

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DigiKnowIt News has been shown to:

Make youth more knowledgeable about pediatric clinical research

Make youth more positive about clinical research

Improve youth self-efficacy for participating in clinical research

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Check out this video to learn more about DigiKnowIt News for kids!

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Researchers can use DigiKnowIt News to:

Recruit new child or adolescent participants for your study

Improve your informed consent processes

Educate your child or adolescent participants before and after study enrollment