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I have been collecting data for my dissertation for over a year now, and I still do not have enough participants. I have tried everything I can think of from sending the study out on every list serve I am on to Facebook to flyers. Do you have any suggestions as to how to recruit people for an online study?
--Data Collection Rejection
Dr. René M. Paulson is currently director of statistical consulting for Texas Woman’s University, founder and senior statistician for Elite Research, LLC, and has earned a Ph.D. and Masters degree in experimental psychology from Texas Christian University after obtaining her Bachelors degree from Ohio University...
Dear Data Collection Rejection,
The method of data collection for a dissertation is highly dependent upon the type of study being conducted and the population of interest. For instance, if your study’s population of interest is young adults, you may not need to look any further than your own university for participants.
If you are not lucky enough to have such an available sample of participants, websites are often great untapped resources for data collection. However, if you plan to use online sources for data collection, such as. . .