How to Make a Consent Form on Google Forms: A Step-By-Step Guide

Creating a consent form is critical for data collection, surveys, or experiments. Google Forms offers a free and easy-to-use platform to create such forms. This guide walks you through the step-by-step process to create a professional and legally compliant consent form.

How to Make a Consent Form on Google Forms: A Step-By-Step Guide
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Why Use Google Forms?

  1. Easy to Use: Google Forms has a simple, intuitive interface that anyone can navigate.
  1. Collaborative: Multiple people can work on the same form.
  1. Customizable: It offers a variety of question types, themes, and templates.
  1. Integrated: Easily links with other Google services like Sheets and Drive.
  1. Accessible: Forms can be shared via a link, embedded on a website, or sent via email.
Before you begin creating the consent form, you need to have a clear understanding of what the form will entail. Outline the following:
  1. Purpose of Data Collection: Be clear on why you are collecting data.
  1. Data Handling: Explain how data will be stored, used, and disposed of.
  1. Contact Information: Always provide details for someone who can answer questions about the form.
  1. Participant Rights: Explain that participation is voluntary and that they can withdraw at any time.

Step 1: Open Google Forms

  • Log in to your Google account if you aren't already.
  • Click on the + Blank button to start a new form.

Step 2: Name Your Form

  • Provide a title that succinctly describes what the form is for.
  • You may also add a description to provide context or instructions.
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Step 3: Choose a Template (Optional)

  • If applicable, you can choose a template to suit your requirements.
  • Add a section where you can insert your consent statement.
  • You can format the text to make it easy to read.
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Step 5: Include Questions or Statements that Require Agreement

  • After the consent statement, add questions or statements that need agreement.
  • Use the Multiple Choice question type to ask if they agree or disagree with the terms.
  • Make this question required so participants must make a choice.
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Step 6: Include Contact Information

  • Add a section where participants can include their name, email, or other contact information.
  • Make sure to specify why you are collecting this information and how it will be used.
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Step 7: Customize Appearance

  • Go to Customize Theme on the top right corner to adjust the appearance of your form.
  • You can add images, change colors, and select fonts that align with your branding.
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Step 8: Settings

  • Click the gear icon on the top right to enter settings.
  • Enable collecting of email addresses if needed.
  • Ensure that you limit the form to one response per person to maintain data integrity.
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Step 9: Test the Form

  • Click the eye icon to preview the form.
  • Fill it out to make sure everything is working as intended.
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Step 10: Distribute the Form

  • Click the Send button.
  • You can send via email, generate a link, or embed it in a website.

Step 11: Collect and Manage Data

  • Responses will be collected in Google Forms, but you can also view them in Google Sheets by clicking the spreadsheet icon.
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Google Forms makes it relatively simple to create a consent form. Always make sure that the form aligns with legal requirements and ethical guidelines related to your specific project or research. If in doubt, consult with a legal advisor. For consent forms with more powerful and customizable fields, check out Fillout forms. Pre-made consent form templates are also available, and can be customized depending on your needs. Happy form-making!

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Dominic Whyte

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Dominic Whyte

Dominic is the co-founder of He previously worked on engineering & product at Retool. Prior to Retool, he started Cheer ( acquired by Retool in 2020).