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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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James, Katherine A.; Levinson, Arnold H.; Li, Yaqiang; Baumann, Carsten; Maffey, Ali – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Public health relies on sample surveys to monitor the health of populations and investigate factors that contribute to population health and illness. Such investigations require surveying individuals who are selected in ways that support statistical inference to the population. Faced with rising costs and declining participation, survey…
Descriptors: Public Health, Sampling, State Surveys, Recruitment