We recommend you sign up for and use the NC3Rs Experimental Design Assistant to design your studies: https://eda.nc3rs.org.uk/
It is free to use and has all the tutorials and best practice guidance you need to ensure your research and experimental design is rigorous, statistically sound and well designed.
Our Ai.Study solution then ensures you can implement your design correctly, plan it effectively, schedule it efficiently and then execute it (i.e. collect, record and analyse results data) accurately and efficiently, ensuring data transparency, reproducibility and eliminating bias.
Setting EDA file requirements
For Protocol managers, Ethics Committees, IACUCs and any research oversight function who wish to ensure the highest standards of research are conducted by their colleagues, we offer a feature that requires your research teams to at least have considered how best to design their research.
In the Settings function, you can set Ai.Study to require the presence of an EDA file when a researcher creates their study.
If the above button is checked, it means the study cannot be made active without the presence of an EDA and SVG file.
The EDA and SVG files are uploaded via the Study, from the EDA tab option. The study must be in edit mode and the above pop up appears when you select the Upload EDA files button.
The EDA and SVG files must be created in the https://eda.nc3rs.org.uk/ system and then saved locally and uploaded to the Ai.Study using the EDA attachment function in Studies, shown above.
This enables research oversight groups to be able to view the EDA file and the study design (as long as they have an https://eda.nc3rs.org.uk/ login) and compare this to how the Ai.Study experiment has been constructed, and how it complies with the EDA design recommendations.