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Welcome to the ICD Participant Pool

Join us in discovering more about how children develop!

The Institute for Child Development has been in the forefront of child development research since it was founded in 1925. Since then, our researchers have used what they have learned to help make positive changes in public policy, educational programs, and parenting practices.

However, none of these achievements would be possible without the help of families in the local community. By enrolling your child in the ICD Participant Pool, you are helping our researchers learn more about how children grow and interact with their surroundings. This is an essential step in achieving our goal of promoting the welfare of children and youth from all cultural backgrounds in the context of family, school, and community settings.

Please take a look around our site to learn more about research at ICD, and how your family can become a valuable part of promoting our understanding of how children develop.

Join us!

Questions? Comments? Email ipp@umn.edu or call 612-624-5219.

What are parents saying?

"My son and I had a great time participating in research at the ICD. He loved playing all the games, and I was surprised to see how he answered some of the questions. It was fun for both of us." - Parent of a 5-year-old

"As an elementary school teacher and a parent, I know how important this kind of research is. It was really nice to spend an afternoon with my child and feel like I was contributing to something really important." - Parent of a 6-year-old

Frequently Asked Questions about the IPP

What is the ICD Participant Pool?

The ICD Participant Pool is a central database for multiple research labs within the ICD. Researchers use this database to call families to ask if they would be interested in participating in a particular study. Agreeing to be in the participant pool only means that it's ok for researchers to call your family. It does not mean that you're agreeing to participate in any study.

What happens if I register my child?

After you register your child, we will put his or her name in a large list of children whose families want to know about participating in studies. Then, a researcher will ask for a list of children of a particular age. If your child falls into this age group, we will give that researcher your phone number, and you will be called. During the call, the researcher will describe the study in greater detail and ask you if you are interested in participating.

How can I register my child?

You can register your child by completing the "Join Us" survey. If you have recently had a new baby, you may have received a card in the mail. If you fill out that card and mail it back, your child will be registered.

What are some of the studies going on at the ICD?

We don’t have specific information on particular studies because they are ongoing and change frequently. When you are contacted about a particular study, you can find out more about the study from the researcher. For information on current projects at ICD, please visit the faculty research page at http://www.cehd.umn.edu/icd/research/.

Will I receive compensation for participating in a study?

Compensation depends on the particular study. Researchers will let you know when they contact you.

Who gets to see the information I send when I register my child?

All information is kept confidential and only released when a child matches a study’s criteria (i.e. age/sex). The researchers also keep the information confidential; it is never given out to anyone else.

I registered my child a while ago, and no one has contacted me. Why?

Researchers will only contact you if your child’s age fits the criteria for their study. Until then, your information is “waiting” in the database.

How did you get my address/hear about my child’s birth?

Birth data (addresses & names) are public records in Minnesota. We receive a file from the department of health with a list of newborns each month, and their mothers' names and addresses. We use that list to send parents information about the participant pool. We do not send anything else, unless the parent is interested in participating in research at ICD.

Is this a mailing list?

This list is not used to send any information that is not related to ICD research recruitment. However, you may be removed from the database at any time. To request removal, email us at ipp@umn.edu, or call 612-624-5219.

Will I have to visit the UMN TC Campus to participate?

Not necessarily. Some studies are phone or mail surveys and can be completed from your home. Other studies send researchers out to schools and homes. However, it is most common for researchers to ask families to visit the Twin Cities campus.