Innovative Data Collection Methods for Special Populations
Social researchers are regularly confronted with special populations to whom it may be largely impossible to apply standardized data collection methods.
Populations that are characterized by communicative, cognitive or motivational disabilities, like elderly or low literate people, need an alternative approach. This session concentrates on research that explores, develops or tests new data collection methods that are suitable for these specific groups and can deliver valid and reliable data. In contrast to existing proxy and observation methods, the emphasis is on methods that aim to gather direct experiences as expressed by the respondents themselves. While the aim is creating new methodology for survey research, the focus of papers may be either quantitative, qualitative or a mix of both. All papers are welcomed that deal with new, experimental data collection methods and seek to meet the challenges of collecting survey data from special populations.