What is The Sentinel Group?New York University's research study, The Sentinel Group, is a smartphone-based study that will test how mobile-based data collection technologies can be used for studying people and our environment. Testers can play with their own data, gain new understandings of themselves, and help create the research tools of the future!
Research Beta Testers Needed!We are looking for individuals and families who love science and technology to participate and make a difference! Join New York University’s Sentinel Group. We're creating the first research platform that will give researchers the data they need to find solutions in health, finances, aging, food, diet and the environment. You can be a part of the group of beta testers and be the first to test the technology that will be used in the study. To participate you need to:
Here’s How to Join The Sentinel Group
Contribute to a Better Tomorrow
- Download the app and keep your smartphone with you as you normally would
- Complete the surveys and games that are sent to you through the app
- Give feedback to the developers on the app’s performance
Take Control and Progress with the Community
- Have the ability to download and analyze your personal data collected through the app
- Experience beta testing the next generation of personal technology apps
- Be a part of a community of New Yorkers who are committed to developing the tools to make this city a better place
Frequently Asked Questions
There are 3 requirements if you are interested in joining The Sentinel Group:
- You are 13 years or older
- You are a New York City resident
- You have a personal iPhone or Android smartphone
First, call or email us to set up a short phone interview to make sure you are eligible for the study. If approved, you’ll watch some very short videos that explain what participating in The Sentinel Group entails and what giving your consent means for you. After you give your consent, you’ll download and start using the study app.
To schedule an interview please call (212) 998-3620 or email email@example.com. The interview should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.
Participants will be directed to our online consent portal where you will watch a series of very short videos that explain what The Sentinel Group study is about and what your role as a study participant means for you. After each video segment you will answer questions to test your comprehension and ensure that you understand what you’re viewing so that you can give your informed consent to join. Participants can also read the full text of the informed consent document in the consent portal, but we created the videos to make this process quicker and easier for you. Participants will electronically sign the online informed consent form and a copy of the form will be emailed to the participant.
Once the consent form is signed and submitted, the final screen of the consent portal will direct the participant to go to the app store for their device’s operating system. A code will be sent by email or text to the participant to use in the iTunes or Google Play store to download the app.
As a member of The Sentinel Group, you will be primarily testing two things:
- The new video-based consent process
- The study app
We’ll ask for your feedback about the consent process in the app after you’ve installed it on your phone.