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Thu 25 Jan - Fri 26 Jan 2024
14:00 - 16:00

Venue: SSRMP Zoom

Provided by: Social Sciences Research Methods Programme


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Digital and Online Research Methods

Thu 25 Jan - Fri 26 Jan 2024


Virtual Data Collection in the Time of COVID-19: Practical and Ethical Considerations

Doing data collection in the time of COVID-19 has required the adaptation of existing approaches. While face-to-face data collection is not feasible during the COVID-19 crisis, phone- and internet-based interviews offer an alternative means of collecting primary data. In this workshop, we discus key practical and ethical issues concerning virtual approaches to data collection. We provide practical examples drawing on two related research projects that took place in a lower-middle income context during the Covid-19 school closures.

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  • Postgraduate students and staff
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Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Thu 25 Jan   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 SSRMP Zoom Emily Quin
2 Fri 26 Jan   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 SSRMP Zoom Emily Quin
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Core Readings:

  • Fielding, N. G., Lee, R. M., & Blank, G. (Eds.). (2008). The SAGE handbook of online research methods. Sage. [Chapter 1 & 2]
  • Sugiura, L., Wiles, R., & Pope, C. (2017). Ethical challenges in online research: Public/private perceptions. Research Ethics, 13(3-4), 184-199.

Further Readings:

Elements of Social Science Research

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