Investigating different types of crowdsourcing for information validation and identification related to recovery from substance use disorders

You are invited to participate in a research study investigating the difference in performance between generic and community-situated crowds to validate and identify AA meeting information. You were selected as a possible participant because you are an active member of the website and you responded to the advertisement published on their homepage. Please read this form and ask any questions you have before agreeing to participate in the study.
This study is being conducted by: Dr. Lana Yarosh and Sabirat Rubya, Department of Computer Science, University of Minnesota.

Background Information

Individuals looking for peer support for recovery from alcoholism frequently attend meetings. To help these individuals easily find meetings, we are interested in retrieving information from different meeting websites and using this information to create a mobile app to assist in navigating to nearby AA meetings. In order to achieve this goal, we are seeking help from 12-step members from different online platforms to validate and identify meeting information (e.g., day, time, and place of the meetings). We will use these findings in order to make sure the app contains accurate and up-to-date information.

If you agree to be in this study, we will ask you to do the following things:
  • Read this form and check the box at the bottom of this page to confirm your informed consent.
  • Read the task instructions on the next page and complete the tasks accordingly.
Risks and Benefits of Being in the Study

The study has one main risk. You may feel a risk to your privacy, as by agreeing to be in the study, you self-identified yourself to be a member of 12-step fellowships. However, we will not record your membership information.
There are no direct benefits to you from participating in this study. However, your participation and honest responses may help contribute to improve the accuracy of meeting information for future use.


You will not receive any monetary compensation, but your contribution will help us correctly gather the AA meeting information and may eventually help someone in recovery.


The records of this study will be kept private. In any sort of report we publish, we will not include any information that will make it possible to identify a subject. Study data will be encrypted according to the current University of Minnesota policy for protection of confidentiality. Your answers to the tasks will be saved in a secured database which is only accessible to researchers of this study with permission to access it.

Voluntary Nature of the Study

Participation in this study is voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with the University of Minnesota. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time without affecting those relations.

Contacts and Questions

The researchers conducting this study are: Dr. Lana Yarosh and Sabirat Rubya. You may ask any questions you have by email or by phone. If you have questions later, you are encouraged to contact us at Keller Hall (Office 5-187 or 5-242), 443-622-4020 or 651-202-5253, or
This research has been reviewed and approved by an IRB within the Human Research Protections Program (HRPP). To share feedback privately with the HRPP about your research experience, call the Research Participants’ Advocate Line at 612-625-1650 or go to You are encouraged to contact the HRPP if:

  • Your questions, concerns, or complaints are not being answered by the research team.
  • You cannot reach the research team.
  • You want to talk to someone besides the research team.
  • You have questions about your rights as a research participant.
  • You want to get information or provide input about this research.