Course: Applied Research Methods with Hidden, Marginal and Excluded Populations

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Applied Research Methods with Hidden, Marginal and Excluded Populations (2Q)
School in Social Science Data Analysis, University of Essex (UK)
27-31 July 2015 (full time)

Detailed program: HERE

The course (11th Edition) provides an introduction to research methods in conducting research, both qualitative and quantitative, with marginal, hidden and excluded populations, with a specific focus on equity related research. The course introduces the main theories and research approaches on hard-to-reach populations (such as migrants, displaced population, victims of human rights violations, LGBT, drug addicted, child soldiers, victims of violence) , using different frameworks and techniques.

This intensive course will provide tools to address key quantitative and qualitative issues such as the lack of known sampling frame; the difficulties in reaching the target group; the concepts of impact, attribution and contribution; and the political dimension of research findings. The course explores topics such as: estimation and sampling techniques; participatory research; evidence-based policy versus policy-based evidence; innovation, crowdsourcing , innovation and the use of technology; the art of combining qualitative and quantitative methods; and ethical considerations arising when conducting research with hidden and marginalized populations.

Topics :

1) Quantitative methods:
– Cluster sampling
– Adaptive cluster sampling
– Time location sampling
– Small area estimation
– Capture and Recapture
– Respondent Driven Sampling RDS (intro)
– Social network analysis applied to hard-to-reach populations (introduction)

2) Qualitative methods
– Participatory research methods
– Rapid assessment
– Positive deviance

3) Ethics and Research

4) Innovation and the use of technology: SMS, crowd sourcing and mapping
– Using SMS and mobile phones for research and data collection, online survey,
– Crowdsourcing and mapping: Ushahidi (introduction)

Course description, contact and registration  HERE

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