Innovative Data Collection Methods for Special Populations

Monday, 16 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC33 Logic and Methodology in Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

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.

Session Organizers:
Wander VAN DER VAART, University of Humanistic Studies, Netherlands and Tina GLASNER, University of Humanistic Studies, Netherlands
Oral Presentations
Older People and Data Quality in Surveys. Does Measurement Error Increase with Age and Deterioration of Cognitive Abilities?
Emanuela SALA, Universita di Milano Bicocca, Italy; Daniele ZACCARIA, Istutituto Golgi Cenci, Italy
Studying Stigmatized Populations through Online-Communities
Victoria DUDINA, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation
Using an Onomastic Approach to Gain Insights from Migrant Groups? Lessons from the Social Survey Austria 2016
Dimitri PRANDNER, University of Salzburg / University of Linz, Austria; Martin WEICHBOLD, University of Salzburg, Austria