Sona Systems : Cloud-based Subject Pool Software for Universities

Research and Participant Management Made Easy in the Cloud

Take control of your research and participant pool today by switching from disorganized spreadsheets and paper-based sign-up sheets to Sona Systems® robust cloud-based software.

Sona Systems® software is a cloud-based research and participant management solution for universities.

With our software, researchers can easily recruit participants to their own participant pools and quickly set up lab and online studies.


Run Your Own Pool

Sona Systems gives you the ability to recruit and manage your own research panel, allowing you to build richer participant profiles, improve response rates and do more research.
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Set Up Studies and Schedules

Our software provides a seamless user-experience, allowing researchers to schedule studies and begin recruiting participants quickly and effectively. Researchers can view who signed up for their study and grant credit or track a participant's activity.
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Generate Course Credit Reports

Sona Systems can generate a wide variety of reports, which give administrators the ability to monitor overall system usage, such as the number of credits earned by participants or open time slots.
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Sona Systems allows you to use the best tools and still manage research by integrating with more than 15 online survey and experiment products, including Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, SurveyGizmo, REDCap and others.
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Prescreen Participants

Sona Systems allows research coordinators to set up customized questionnaires to prescreen and ensure only qualified participants can view and sign up for studies.
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Global Accessibility and Support

With state-of-the-art servers in data centers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, we're able to provide 24-hour access and reliability to our global customer base.
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The Global Leader in University Research Software

Trusted by top universities around the world for more than a decade.

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  • "Imagine nearly 8000 student sessions, hundreds of experiments, dozens of researchers, and you sitting in the middle of a sea of paper, complaints, missed sessions, confused students, frustrated experimenters and educators, and many millions of dollars in research grants on the line for a department with a #1 nationally ranked program.

    Now imagine, in the span of 1 quarter, removing almost all paper and providing 24/7 access, increasing participation, greatly reducing staff time and errors, providing realtime feed-back and reporting to all concerned parties, and sailing through Human Subject approval with a turn-key system. Furthermore, imagine no server management costs, and no technical staff time needed beyond walking staff through initial setup, and you have our experience with Sona-Systems."

    Jon Hauser, Department of Psychology, University of Washington
  • "As a new lab manager, using Sona Systems has been vital in the success of my lab. I have been able to increase my subject pool by 150% recently and have more efficient studies overall."

    Tayler Bergstrom, Marketing Department, University of California, Los Angeles - Anderson School of Management

    "The Sona scheduling software has revolutionized the Research Participant Group operated by my lab. Its ease of access has increased usability for both participants and researchers, and most importantly, has improved signups and the level of support we can offer. Using this software, my lab has grown a flourishing group of participants who are active and engaged. This software platform has allowed us to easily recruit large volumes of participants on short timelines. I can't recommend this software highly enough."

    Brianna Groot, Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL), University of Saskatchewan
  • "I am so delighted that we chose to team with Sona Systems to help manage our research study. The system is elegantly designed and very intuitive to use, allowing our research staff to easily recruit, screen, and track our participants from start to finish. I cannot say enough about the customer support offered-- they are just amazing human beings who have provided me with countless solutions to any question I had about how to best use their system for the study's needs. I am very impressed with the entire Sona experience and recommend it highly."

    Sarah Morgan, Center for Developmental Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • "I feel privileged to write this testimonial because I am highly impressed with the Sona system and the amazing support that is offered. I was introduced to the Sona system as a user primarily and simply loved its various features which helped me in managing my research. Now, as the administrator of the Sona system for JCU Singapore, I even adore it more because whenever I face challenges, the prompt technical support helps me to get the things done right on time and makes my life easier. I truly endorse the SONA system and would highly recommend it to other universities/institutions for efficient management of their research programs. It's a paperless online system which also helps in going green, reducing paper waste and saving our planet."

    Manisha Agarwal, Research Coordinator, James Cook University (Singapore campus)
  • "Our UNM faculty and students have found the system both easy to use and extremely convenient. It has replaced an antiquated paper-based signup system, eliminated "lost" paper-signups, improved student security, and has dramatically improved the speed for getting credit to students after their participation. Our students are also more likely to participate in research studies than defer to alternatives (for example, writing reports on published research)."

    John Dencoff, Research Coordinator, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico
  • "After switching to the Experiment Management System from Sona we experienced the usual growing pains of switching to a new system. Most of the issues could be solved by referencing the excellently written documentation that is provided and for the occasional questions an email to the support team. Every email I have sent to the support team was answered incredibly quickly a with a smile. Sona Systems has by far the best support team I have ever seen. Keep up the amazing work, and excellent product."

    Jason Lorenz, University of Alberta School of Business

    "The software has been a wonderful asset for the department! Not only has it made my job 2-3 times easier and more efficient, but it also makes the students' job the same, thereby increasing the number of them who finish their research requirements successfully."

    Eric Wruck, Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University
  • "Sona Systems provides an online experiment management system that is user-friendly and compliant with human subjects' regulations. What really sets Sona Systems apart from other companies, though, is their interest in constantly improving the system and incorporating customer feedback into upgrades."

    Dr. Kristine Jacquin, Department of Psychology, Mississippi State University

    "Your system is awesome. I'm very impressed with your courtesy and customer service. Your prompt and professional replies to email is outstanding. Everyone in our department: instructors, students, experimenters, and me as subject pool coordinator LOVE the system. The frequent updates and flexibility make your system really stand out."

    Christine Belz, Univ of Nevada, Reno, Dept of Psychology
  • "I'm impressed with your software. You've certainly covered a lot of bases (most of which I would never have anticipated) with the system preferences and features."

    Dr. Mark Vincent, Augustana College, Psychology Dept.

    "In all my 25 years of running studies, I have never had 100% of those who signed up for my study actually show up -- until we started using Sona Systems software."

    Robert Kunzendorf, Ph. D, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Lowell

    "Managing experiment sign ups for two to three thousand students a term is one of the easier parts of my daily grind thanks to the quality work you guys do."

    Stephen Blass, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University
  • "My colleagues were very pleased with how the system operated in our first semester. It improved management of research enormously. It also allows us to collect data systematically on how much research we are doing for the first time. Thanks!"

    Kenneth Kallio, Ph.D, Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Geneseo

    "The software has made the staff here very happy. Sona Systems software is some solid coding and their support is of a rare caliber."

    Lawrence Sweet, Experimental Social Science Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley
  • "Sona Systems software has been a tremendous asset to the department and is incredibly user friendly. Customer service is unsurpassed!"

    Kandy Stahl, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University

    "The entire department is VERY pleased with the Sona Experiment Management System and how it makes our work so much more efficient."

    Lonnie Yandell, Ph.D, Department of Psychology, Belmont University

    "The system seems to be working really well, and clearly improving the throughput of participants. Remarkably hassle-free, given the numbers involved."

    Peter Hancock, Ph.D, Department of Psychology, University of Stirling (UK)
  • "We have found the Sona system to be extremely well designed and entirely suited to our needs. It has transformed the way in which we administer participation credit and has been of distinct benefit to staff and students alike. As many others have noted, the customer service is superb."

    Dr. Mike Page, School of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire (UK)

    "This system has been an exponential improvement over our old paper-based system and saved us countless hours of work."

    Jeremy Shelton, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Lamar University
  • "I've been continually impressed with your responsiveness to your customers combined with the elegance of your solutions."

    Dr. Michael Erickson, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside

    "SONA really is a 'golden' system. We use it to manage our participant pool and we can't imagine using anything else. It is easy to use, incredibly versatile, and affordable which is important in this sort of economy. We love the system."

    Michael Bernstein, Ph.D., Administrator, Psychological and Social Sciences Program, Penn State Abington
  • "This is an incredible system and the support is simply brilliant! The number of students failing to complete required hours is a mere fraction of what it used to be."

    Matt Crawford, Ph.D., Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol (UK)

    "The software was has so many configurable features, it met our unique needs perfectly.Sona Systems staff is always extremely responsive and helpful whenever we have questions. Sona Systems is continually adding new features to improve the software, many based on our requests."

    Jeffrey Loewenstein, Ph.D., Behavioral Research Lab, Columbia Business School
  • "Our site runs on Sona Systems servers, and it has always been fast and reliable. More importantly, we don't have to involve our own IT staff in the operations of the software, which is a big advantage for us."

    John W. Philbeck, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, George Washington University

    "One of the best things about the system is your staff - they are incredibly responsive and I never have to wait long for help. This is really essential - usually when I send queries to you, it's because I have received a query myself from a confused participant or researcher. I can always rely on your staff to respond to my questions within hours, so it's really very helpful to be able to get back to people so quickly."

    Diane Sivasubramaniam, Ph.D., Department of Psycholgical Sciences and Statistics, Swinburne University of Technology (AUSTRALIA)
  • "Overall, the system is fantastic. In fact, the system is so well received that I received an accolade for "Graduate Student Teaching", as I facilitated a smooth transition between systems and subsequently "educated the department"-- no doubt I have the Sona support team to thank for making the transition so fluid."

    Josh Haby, Department Of Psychology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • "Our university previously used Sona's predecessor system and was initially reluctant to transition to Sona system. We continued to encounter and desire functionalities that were not available in our prior system, but that Sona provided and supported. Sona made the transition to their system seamless and were on-hand to answer questions during roll out. To this day, any time that our university has questions, we receive a response within hours regardless of whether we email during or "outside of" business hours. As of yet, there is not a single inquiry that they have not been able to expediently get to the bottom of. If there is something you think you cannot do in Sona, I encourage you to ask about the functionality. Sona welcomes feedback on functionality and routinely updates their system to incorporate user requests. We have been very satisfied with the product and the supports that Sona System provides."

    Carrie Robertson, Ph.D., Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis University

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