Research Participation

Welcome to the DCAL participant database

DCAL is looking for people to volunteer in our research projects.  Most of our projects will require participants who are Deaf and who use British Sign Language (BSL).  To volunteer for DCAL projects, click here to be taken to the questionnaire website. All information about consent, data protection, privacy information and questions on the questionnaire are in English and in BSL. If you have further questions or concerns, please email us at

Why do we have a participant database?

In the past, different DCAL researchers contacted the same people inviting them to be involved in their projects.  Information wasn't shared.  This means that sometimes the same tests and questions were given to the same people and this was time consuming for everyone.

So, now we are asking people to join the DCAL database which holds limited information about individuals. All information is confidential.  This makes is easier for DCAL researchers to contact people who are suitable for their studies.   It also means that you only have to answer questions about yourself once, and not every time you are involved in a DCAL project.

We can contact you and tell you about a study.  If you are interested you can agree to take part, if not you can say ‘no’ or ‘not at the moment’. This stops you being contacted too many times. We can also use the database to feedback results to people who are involved in our research more efficiently.

This database is only accessed by researchers at DCAL and all information is kept confidential.   

Our research would not be possible without your participation, so thank you for your time.

It only takes 5 minutes to join and all the information is provided in BSL.

Fill in our online questionnaire and you will be entered into a lottery for £25 of 'Love2Shop' vouchers!!! These are accepted at a wide range of high street shops. Once you have joined the database you will have a chance to win £25 vouchers every 3 months!

Click here to sign up

Our work with schools

Good practice in research with deaf children:

Briefing paper 2009

Background BATOD paper with Karen Simpson and Ruth Swanwick 2008

The research with deaf children Good Practice Agreement.