Why is “Evidence-Based” Such a Controversial Term?

December 17, 2017

According to the Washington Post, the Trump Administration is prohibiting the CDC from using several words or phrases in future budget documents. Banning the words “fetus,” “transgender,” “diversity,” and “vulnerable.” is being met with widespread outrage (as it, of course, should be). Likewise, public health researchers, like their associates at the EPA are enraged that…

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What The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tells Us About Research Study Participant Experience

December 5, 2017

In the Netflix show, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the character Titus joins a research study to earn a little extra money. In less than 30 seconds, the multiple Emmy nominated series issues a cringe-worthy critique of clinical research. ProofPilot’s 2015 and 2016 participants engagement rates show we’re solving the problem. Season 2 Episode 11 of…

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How Designing a Study on ProofPilot is Like Composing a Piece of Music

August 9, 2017

At ProofPilot, we often get the question: “How can you support studies in so many different topic areas?” The answer is in the structure provided by the ProofPilot study protocol design language. Like an interactive sheet of blank music paper, the study design language has a defined structure that can be filled in to accomplish…

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This Simple Question Could Unlock Americas Health Crisis

August 6, 2017

America is in the grip of a massive health crisis that has nothing to do with Washington. With one simple question, we could unlock the surprising underlying issues that lead to some of our greatest public health issues. In any public space, a lot of us look around and see obesity and lifestyle diseases everywhere.…

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How is ProofPilot Different than ResearchKit?

April 18, 2017

Apple stoked the imaginations of researchers everywhere with the possibilities presented by ResearchKit, the open source development framework for iPhone research studies. But almost two years after introduction, the platform has few studies with much traction. Is ResearchKit really changing the world of research? Or is it all just Apple-branded buzz? Apple is the world’s…

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Is Silicon Valley About to Democratize Academic Health Research?

March 6, 2017

#ResearchTech: An emerging group of venture backed tech companies are disrupting a $100 billion dollar sector and improving our lives with faster, and cheaper scientific evidence. We’ve all seen venture-backed tech companies eliminate barriers and transform our culture. Kickstarter allows anyone to support creative projects, not just wealthy benefactors. Blogging tools, YouTube, and Instagram allows…

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Research & Evaluation Spending Benchmarks

March 1, 2017

How much should an evaluation cost? Setting a research and evaluation budget? The commonly stated benchmarks are nuts high. Here’s what others spend and our recommendations. Running a successful business without an accounting system is tough. Investments in the right things produce a positive financial return. Investments that don’t work out produce a negative financial…

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5 Questions a Survey Can’t Answer, but ProofPilot Can

January 23, 2017

Way back in the olden days, to run a survey, you hired a survey research firm like Gallup, Nielsen or Harris. Now, with tools like SurveyMonkey, anyone can launch a survey across the web. Today there’s a survey measuring every opinion, topic, experience and issue imaginable. But, if your questions fall into one of these…

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When the Scientific Gold Standard Isn’t the Right Tool to Determine What Works

December 16, 2016

On any given week, you’ll probably read a dozen or so news articles based on studies that show what’s going to cure a disease or maximize longevity. The study results treated with the most credibility are those that use the randomized controlled trial (or RCT for short). The RCT is the gold standard of medical…

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ProofPilot Announces Automatic IRB and Regulatory Review

December 13, 2016

There are many of us from all walks of life who want to run studies ourselves — and we should be able to. The internet has democratized investing, journalism, and video, so it is time the same thing happened in the world of research. However, heavy bureaucratic roadblocks make research almost impossible outside of large research settings.…

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