Evaluation of Respondent-driven Sampling

Nicky McCreesh, Simon D W Frost, Janet Seeley, Joseph Katongole, Matilda N Tarsh, Richard Ndunguse, Fatima Jichi, Natasha L Lunel, Dermot Maher, Lisa G Johnston, Pam Sonnenberg, Andrew J Copas, Richard J Hayes, Richard G White

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Respondent-driven sampling produced a generally representative sample of this well-connected nonhidden population. However, current respondent-driven sampling inference methods failed to reduce bias when it occurred. Whether the data required to remove bias and measure precision can be collected in a respondent-driven sampling survey is unresolved. Respondent-driven sampling should be regarded as a (potentially superior) form of convenience sampling method, and caution is required when interpreting findings based on the sampling method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-147
Number of pages10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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