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Levine, Burton; Berzofsky, Marcus E.; Hampton, Joel; Battles, Haven B. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Dual-frame, random-digit-dialing (DFRDD) surveys, using a frame of landline telephone numbers and a frame of cell phone numbers, have become the norm for telephone surveys. Two alternative frame constructions sample exclusively from a cell phone frame, referred to as the 'single-frame cell,' and sample from the listed landline frame and the cell…
Descriptors: Telephone Surveys, Sampling, Handheld Devices, Data Collection
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Varvantakis, Christos; Nolas, Sevasti-Melissa – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
In this paper, we argue for a view of analysis as an embodied practice and review others' testimonies of carrying out multimodal ethnography. This review suggests that metaphors are key for communicating what happens to "us" in the course of the research and our subsequent sense-making practices. We identify four metaphors for…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Figurative Language, Data Collection, Data Analysis
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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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Schutte, Sebastian; Haer, Roos – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
In this report, we introduce a system for running reimbursed surveys via text messages and mobile cash. The key advantage of this approach is the ability to conduct rapid surveys at an extremely low cost. After reviewing existing literature, we describe an automated system for conducting such surveys and demonstrate its merits in a…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Policy Analysis, Surveys, Synchronous Communication
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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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Heath, Sue; Chapman, Lynne – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This paper explores the potential of observational sketching as a social science research tool, informed by our own recent experiments with observational sketching techniques and approaches. We first outline the historical roots of academic sketching and note a recent resurgence of interest in sketching in certain disciplines. We then introduce…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Research Methodology, Observation, Freehand Drawing
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Rodríguez-Dorans, Edgar – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Reflexivity is a multimodal research feature that relies on the researcher's subjectivity and self-awareness. This paper discusses uses of reflexivity when carrying out qualitative in-depth interviews on sexual topics. Through extracts of a challenging interview, where the challenge comes in the form of sexualised provocation from one man to…
Descriptors: Reflection, Interviews, Sexuality, Ethics
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Airoldi, Massimo – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Qualitative researchers struggle to study the transient fields of social network sites like Twitter through conventional ethnographic approaches. This paper suggests that, in order to step further, we should distinguish between the relatively stable 'contextual' fields of bounded online communities and the fluid, 'meta-fields' resulting from the…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Social Media, Internet, Metadata
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York, Richard – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
A common motivation for adding control variables to statistical models is to reduce the potential for spurious findings when analyzing non-experimental data and to thereby allow for more reliable causal inferences. However, as I show here, unless "all" potential confounding factors are included in an analysis (which is unlikely to be…
Descriptors: Inferences, Control Groups, Correlation, Experimental Groups
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Revilla, Melanie; Couper, Mick P. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
We studied the impact of different layouts for rank order questions on respondent effort, data quality, and substantive results among PC and smartphone respondents, in an experiment in an opt-in online panel in Spain, using an order-by-click design. We experimentally varied the device, the number of columns, and, for smartphone respondents, the…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Foreign Countries, Trust (Psychology)
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Powell, Mary Ann; McArthur, Morag; Chalmers, Jenny; Graham, Anne; Moore, Tim; Spriggs, Merle; Taplin, Stephanie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
While there is broad consensus that involving children in research is critically important for understanding their lives, there is considerable caution around their participation in social research on 'sensitive' issues. Such caution is further amplified by a lack of agreement about what constitutes a 'sensitive topic'. This article draws on data…
Descriptors: Children, Social Science Research, Stakeholders, Parents
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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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Thelwall, Mike – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
The need to elicit public opinion about predefined topics is widespread in the social sciences, government and business. Traditional survey-based methods are being partly replaced by social media data mining but their potential and limitations are poorly understood. This article investigates this issue by introducing and critically evaluating a…
Descriptors: Social Media, Public Opinion, Systems Approach, Video Technology
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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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Celestina, Mateja – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Trust is often treated as a binary where research participants either trust researchers or not, whereas in reality trust is multi-layered. Drawing on 10 months of fieldwork working with internally displaced persons and their non-displaced neighbours in rural Colombia, this article provides a more nuanced discussion of trust in research. It…
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Conflict, Researchers, Foreign Countries
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