Informed consent and participant recruitment in studies of software practice

Sharp, Helen; Lopez, Tamara and Wermelinger, Michel (2022). Informed consent and participant recruitment in studies of software practice. In: ROPES Workshop.

URL: https://ropes-workshops.github.io/ropes22/

Abstract

All empirical software engineering studies require informed consent from participants. In this paper we explore issues we have faced around the need for informed consent for qualitative studies in organisational settings, and the effect they have on participant recruitment and engagement. These issues are: the “chicken and egg” of study design and data collection; the nature of data being collected; the difference between requirements gathering and research data collection; benefits and coercion; and participant reluctance and uncertainty.

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