We are participating in eight different university studies ranging from a simple fifteen minute interview for one study through to a thirty page questionnaire plus interview plus follow up questionnaire for another study. We are happy to contribute if we have experiences appropriate to the area of research. I guess the planets have aligned to see us involved in so many at one time.
I am impressed with the practical nature of the uni research. Each of the current studies we are involved in has a practical connection to businesses my size and this makes potential outcomes accessible.
After one interview yesterday I was comparing the experience to completing surveys for the Federal Government Bureau of Statistics. With each uni study there appears to be a specific goal as well as a guarantee of feedback. With the hours spent on Stats surveys there is no such feedback. The only time I talk with someone is when they threaten me with legal action if I do not fill in their paperwork.