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Pritchard, Erin – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Disability research often favours the use of disabled researchers carrying out research with disabled participants. It is believed to empower disabled people and create results that are more valid. However, little consideration has been given to the ethical implications of this type of research process, including in relation to female researcher…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Researchers, Safety, Ethics
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Contandriopoulos, Damien; Sapeha, Halina; Larouche, Catherine – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This research note discusses opportunities and challenges of using online survey engines for social network analysis (SNA) data collection and assessing sample size and representativeness. The discussion is based on a case study of SNA data collection for a pilot research on health-relevant policy networks in Canada. Our approach demonstrates how…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Data Collection, Research Problems
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Geddes, Alistair; Parker, Charlie; Scott, Sam – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Snowball sampling is frequently advocated and employed by qualitative social researchers. Under certain circumstances, however, it is prone to faltering and even failure. Drawing on two research projects where the snowball failed to roll, the paper identifies reasons for this stasis. It goes on to argue that there are alternative forms of…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Social Science Research, Sampling, Research Problems
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Cajka, James; Amer, Safaa; Ridenhour, Jamie; Allpress, Justine – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
RTI International created a geospatial grid-based sampling methodology that: achieved a probability-based household sample and unbiased estimates; was comparable across countries; used simple frame data available from the in-country census; and was efficient with minimal training to local field staff. The methodology used 1 km[superscript 2]…
Descriptors: Sampling, Developing Nations, Probability, Cross Cultural Studies
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Abascal, Elena; Díaz De Rada, Vidal; García Lautre, Ignacio; Landaluce, M. Isabel – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
In the field of social sciences, certain tasks, such as the identification of typologies and the characterization of groups of individuals according to a set of questions, tend to pose a challenge for researchers. Further complications arise if the chosen rating scale is from 0 to 10, since the responses can be treated either as metric or…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Research Problems, Rating Scales, Factor Analysis
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Bernard, Josef; Danková, Hana; Vašát, Petr – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Respondent-driven sampling (RDS) is a survey method for hidden populations and, as such, it offers a suitable approach for sampling the homeless. Surprisingly, the practical use of RDS in surveying homeless populations has only sporadically been described in the professional literature so far, and the specifics of using RDS for sampling this group…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Surveys, Homeless People, Foreign Countries
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Labhart, Florian; Santani, Darshan; Truong, Jasmine; Tarsetti, Flavio; Bornet, Olivier; Landolt, Sara; Gatica-Perez, Daniel; Kuntsche, Emmanuel – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
We developed the Geographical Proportional-to-size Street-Intercept Sampling (GPSIS) method in order to obtain a sample of nightlife-goers which accounted for the diversity of spaces, patrons and locations within two Swiss cities. Popular nightlife zones were identified and quantified using social media data and local experts' knowledge. Young…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Urban Areas, Social Life, Sampling
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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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Waters, Jaime – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
Snowball sampling is generally seen as a highly effective sampling technique that allows for the study of difficult to reach or 'hidden' populations. It is also seen as a valuable tool for the study of particularly sensitive or private matters. As a result, it was chosen as the sampling method for a research study into illegal drug users over the…
Descriptors: Drug Use, Sampling, Adults, Older Adults
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Stanley, Liz – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
The Whites Writing Whiteness project is concerned with changes to the racial order in South Africa over a long time-period and connects 'big numbers' and work on very large archive collections with close textual analysis of particular documents. It uses longitudinal data within a Qualitative Longitudinal Research methodological approach, combining…
Descriptors: Social Change, Whites, Program Descriptions, Archives
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Wong, Rebecca W.Y. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
Whilst there is no doubt that fieldwork research involving active criminals contains risks and dangers, this is not always the case. Drawing on interviews conducted with illegal tiger skin suppliers and traders in Lhasa (Tibet), this article challenges orthodox understandings of criminological fieldwork. My experience in Lhasa speaks to three…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Risk, Interviews, Animals