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Lau, Charles Q. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This study investigates how an interviewer's characteristics affect how respondents answer survey questions about democracy and political engagement. I analyze data from the 2008 Afrobarometer surveys, in which 810 interviewers surveyed 27,713 respondents across 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Using these data, I study how interviewer…
Descriptors: Democracy, Foreign Countries, Citizen Participation, Political Attitudes
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Andoh-Arthur, Johnny; Hjelmeland, Heidi; Osafo, Joseph; Knizek, Birthe Loa – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Engaging non-conventional gatekeepers such as the police presents both promises and perils. Although studies have relied on police data for researching suicide and other sensitive topics in Africa, there is a paucity of literature that explores or reflects on police gatekeeping and its research implications. This paper presents authors'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Police, Suicide, Social Science Research
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van der Geest, Sjaak – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This article deals with three topics: lying, privacy and anthropological research. Their complex intertwinement is analysed using fieldwork notes and through engagement with relevant literature from various disciplines. Experiences of privacy, among researchers as well as among respondents, is underexposed in the literature on social research…
Descriptors: Deception, Privacy, Ethics, Anthropology
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Lau, Charles Q.; Baker, Melissa; Fiore, Andrew; Greene, Diana; Lieskovsky, Min; Matu, Kim; Peytcheva, Emilia – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Survey researchers are increasingly concerned that the presence of other people (bystanders) may affect data quality in structured, face-to-face survey interviews. In this article, we study bystanders using data from 15,309 face-to-face surveys about technology from Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Brazil and Guatemala. Our analysis (1) describes the…
Descriptors: Surveys, Researchers, Information Technology, Correlation
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Tijdens, Kea; Steinmetz, Stephanie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016
Whereas the sample composition biases of web surveys have been discussed extensively for developed countries, studies for developing countries are scarce. This article helps to fill that gap by comparing similar non-probability-based web surveys (WEB) and probability-based face-to-face (F2F) surveys both to each other and to the labor force. An…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Probability, Surveys, Test Bias