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Jenner, Brandy M.; Myers, Kit C. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
While qualitative researchers increasingly accept online video interviews as a reliable method, many maintain concerns about rapport and data quality. Drawing on two separate interview projects conducted in private in-person settings, public in-person settings, and privately via Skype, we compare interview contexts with regard to rapport,…
Descriptors: Intimacy, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Videoconferencing, Comparative Analysis
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Gorard, Stephen – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This paper compares the use of confidence intervals (CIs) and a sensitivity analysis called the number needed to disturb (NNTD), in the analysis of research findings expressed as 'effect' sizes. Using 1,000 simulations of randomised trials with up to 1,000 cases in each, the paper shows that both approaches are very similar in outcomes, and each…
Descriptors: Intervals, Statistics, Social Sciences, Foreign Countries
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Crow, Graham; Andrews, Molly – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This article reports on a conversation between users of two research methods, biographical interviews and imagined futures essay writing. A dialogue form is used to discuss these methods and their potential to be combined. The value of comparing research methods is discussed, and then the two methods are described and points of connection and…
Descriptors: Biographies, Interviews, Essays, Research Methodology
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Jopke, Nikolaus; Gerrits, Lasse – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
There is a need to improve the ways in which Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) handles qualitative data. To this end, we propose to include ideas and routines from Grounded Theory (GT) in QCA. We will first argue that there is a natural fit between the two on the ontological level. On the methodological level, we will demonstrate in what ways…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis, Grounded Theory, Sampling
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Holdershaw, Judith; Melnyk, Valentyna; Gendall, Philip; Wright, Malcolm – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Despite years of refinement and improvement to questionnaire design, the need remains to identify effective, but 'user-friendly' questioning procedures to predict behaviour, without compromising predictive performance. Questionnaires developed to predict behaviour typically use an attitudinal approach. However, those types of questionnaires are…
Descriptors: Behavior Theories, Predictor Variables, Comparative Analysis, College Students
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Hassler, Kendyl; Pearce, Kelly J.; Serfass, Thomas L. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This study compares cost, completion times, and percent completion of electronic tablet (n = 244) to paper-based (n = 398) questionnaires administered to participants of scenic raft trips on the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park. We hypothesized e-tablet questionnaires would (1) cost less (2) be completed faster and (3) be completely filled…
Descriptors: Surveys, Costs, Time, Computer Assisted Testing
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Dodge, Nadine; Chapman, Ralph – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Electronically assisted survey techniques offer several advantages over traditional survey techniques. However, they can also potentially introduce biases, such as coverage biases and measurement error. The current study compares the relative merits of two survey distribution and completion modes: email recruitment with internet completion; and…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Handheld Devices, Bias, Electronic Mail
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Silber, Henning; Roßmann, Joss; Gummer, Tobias – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
In this article, we present the results of three question design experiments on inter-item correlations, which tested a grid design against a single-item design. The first and second experiments examined the inter-item correlations of a set with five and seven items, respectively, and the third experiment examined the impact of the question design…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Surveys, Experiments, Correlation
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Vogl, Susanne; Zartler, Ulrike; Schmidt, Eva-Maria; Rieder, Irene – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Collecting multiple perspectives data (e.g. from related individuals) in a qualitative longitudinal design can provide rich understanding of the dynamics at play in complex relational systems, and the different perceptions of people involved. However, such approaches are inherently challenging due to the complexity and volume of data involved. So…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Longitudinal Studies, Interviews, Data Analysis
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Guest, Greg; Namey, Emily; Taylor, Jamilah; Eley, Natalie; McKenna, Kevin – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Qualitative researchers often have to decide whether to collect data using focus groups or individual interviews. We systematically compare these two methods on their ability to generate two types of information: unique items in a brainstorming task and personally sensitive disclosures. Our study sample consisted of 350 African-American men living…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Interviews, Randomized Controlled Trials, Qualitative Research
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Wilson, Gemma – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Photographic images allow data to be captured from an alternative perspective. Traditional, manual cameras are the most common method of recording photographic data, however, innovative technology is changing the way in which photographs can be collected. Wearable cameras enable a vast amount of photographic images to be captured, automatically,…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Photography, Data Collection, Research Methodology
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Moeyaert, Mariola; Ugille, Maaike; Natasha Beretvas, S.; Ferron, John; Bunuan, Rommel; Van den Noortgate, Wim – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
This study investigates three methods to handle dependency among effect size estimates in meta-analysis arising from studies reporting multiple outcome measures taken on the same sample. The three-level approach is compared with the method of robust variance estimation, and with averaging effects within studies. A simulation study is performed,…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Effect Size, Robustness (Statistics), Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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von der Lippe, Holger; Gamper, Markus – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
There is an increasing body of research which examines the reliability and validity of different modes of network measurement with most studies focusing on the classical paper or digital network questionnaires. Visual methods of data collection, in which interviewees draw their ego-centered network in a pictorial representation, still live a kind…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Freehand Drawing, Self Concept, Data Collection
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Williams, Timothy; Gemperle, Sergio M. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
This article brings together recent developments in the methodological literature on case selection in multi-method research (MMR), design of process tracing studies and the relevance of temporality in the explanation of political processes. It presents an extension of set-theoretic MMR by introducing a comparative process tracing (CPT) framework…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Theories, Comparative Analysis, Qualitative Research
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Górny, Agata; Napierala, Joanna – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016
We evaluate the effectiveness in empirical migration research of the respondent-driven sampling (RDS) and the quota sampling with regard to four criteria: quality of the data; sociometric diversity of the sample; geographic coverage of the sample; and cost-effectiveness. We review two surveys of ex-USSR migrants, conducted simultaneously in the…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Migration, Data Analysis, Sociometric Techniques
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