User Guide

Study Settings

Study settings allow you to control how your study is displayed to participants, and how they are allowed to join it. The following is a short description of the settings; important settings are called out individually below.

General Study Settings

Setting Function Examples
Display Name The name for your study that will be shown to participants using the MyDataHelps app. “Electronic Framingham Heart Study”, “Post-Operative Pain Study”
Display Description A short description of the study. “We are excited to allow you to join the Electronic Framingham Heart Study…”
Consent Survey The consent survey that participants will go through before enrolling in the study. Only published surveys can be consent documents. eFHS Consent, MPOG Consent
Requires Identifier Validation Whether the study requires participants to enter a valid identifier before joining. Yes/No
Allow Enrollment via Study Code Whether the study allows participants to enroll with a study code or with shared device mode. Yes/No
Show in Study Search Whether the study is visible in the public search to anyone who downloads MyDataHelps. Allow Enrollment via Study Code must also be enabled. Only available to licensed organizations. Yes/No
Learn More Link A url to a public page which the participant can go to to get more information on the study. https://www.framinghamheartstudy.org/
Learn More Title The label for the “Learn More Link.” “Learn More”, “Watch a Video”
Enable for Platforms Device platforms on which users can join the study. “iOS”, “Android”, “Web”

Settings for Joining Studies

Several of the settings defined above control how participants are able to join your studies.

Public and Private Studies

Public studies are visible in the search results for anyone who downloads MyDataHelps. To make a study public, set Show in Study Search to ‘Yes’.

Private studies are unlisted; you must be given a code or an invitation to join them. To allow participants to join with a study code, set Allow Enrollment via Study Code to ‘Yes’. This will reveal a unique study code and QR code image that participants use in MyDataHelps to enroll. You can also use the study code to set up a shared study device.

If your study is not public and you do not allow enrollment via a study code, you must invite participants manually. The email entered on the invitations tab must match the email the participant used to register with MyDataHelps.

Requiring Identifier Validation

Another way to control who can enroll in your study is to use identifier validation. This requires you to assign each participant a unique identifier when you invite them. The participant will be prompted to enter that same identifier when they join to ensure they are the correct individual.

To enable identifier validation, set Requires Identifier Validation to ‘Yes’. Identifier validation may be used for public or private studies.

Other Settings

See detailed guides for other study settings, including: