Over the last 10 years, our team has applied empirical methods of research to capture the opinions and attitudes of individuals in countries affected by war and mass violence. The research methods have included population-based surveys, qualitative studies, focus groups, and ethnography. In 2006, the team started using digital data collection as an enhancement to traditional research methods. Why electronic data collection?
The benefits of using mobile digital data collection have been significant for our team, but it is important to understand that the move to digital data collection is not a guarantee for quality research and that researchers must carefully conceptualize, plan and implement their research. Research which collects data through face to face interviews, particularly large scale social science population surveys, are excellent candidates for digital data collection. In cases where the sample size is large enough to justify using more than a few enumerators and where surveys are complex (having a large number of questions; having some questions that require or disallow other questions) then the benefits can be significant:
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