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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