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ERIC Number: EJ800115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0193-841X
Using Tax Parcels to Select a Location-Based Sample: An Illustration that Examines Residents' Awareness of Sex Offenders in Neighborhoods
Craun, Sarah W.; Freisthler, Bridget
Evaluation Review, v32 n4 p315-334 2008
Social science research is increasingly considering place when examining social programs and policies with a spatial component. A specific research challenge involving spatial policies is how to select a sample of individuals based on their geographic locations. This article illustrates the use of geographic information systems, tax parcels, and mail surveys to target residents in varied geographic areas. A provided example demonstrates how researchers obtained a sample of respondents living within one tenth of a mile of multiple registered sex offenders. The challenges of using tax parcels to obtain addresses for apartments and mobile home parks are also explored. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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