Outsourcing can be extremely beneficial from a cost perspective, but what will you lose in capability vs a domestically based research assistant?
An outsourced virtual research assistant from the Philippines or India can do any task that can be done through a computer or telephone. An outsourced assistant is capable of any online research task, and will often be more motivated for less pay vs a US based employee.
You should never underestimate an overseas based virtual assistant’s ability to learn and adapt. Our pre-vetted, experienced virtual research assistants have the capability to learn almost any task, especially ones that you do repetitively and can demonstrate via screen sharing.
An outsourced virtual research assistant may have difficulty conducting in-depth, graduate or Ph.D. level research, the type of work that is typically done by a graduate student domestically. Even though virtual assistants from the Philippines generally possess excellent English speaking and comprehension skills, any topic that is too niche or academic may pose a challenge, just like it would to anyone who isn’t an insider in that specific niche.
A virtual research assistant from abroad should generally not be assigned to be the lead writer for any sort of academic research paper or other research paper meant for publication. This is something that should be led by a head researcher based domestically with a native grasp of English.
A virtual research assistant from a developing country like the Philippines would not be appropriate for a clinical research associate position, especially if they’ll be responsible for monitoring activities at clinical sites for clinical trials. This is especially true if there are regulatory and compliance considerations, such as the assistant being responsible for maintaining compliance with currently approved protocols and amendments, with ICH, GCP, SOPs and with any applicable regulatory requirements.