Towards representative expert surveys: legitimizing the collection of expert data

Christopoulos, D. (2009) Towards representative expert surveys: legitimizing the collection of expert data. In: Eurostat Conference for New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics, Brussels, Belgium, February 2009., pp. 171-179 Available from:

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A consistent problem with key informant, elite and expert interviewing is the representativeness of sample populations. Since studies that employ such techniques depend on a small number of respondents, they are often classed as qualitative. The possibility of going beyond these classic approaches arises by employing methods developed to explore hidden populations in network analysis. These would qualify as descriptive quantitative techniques since we cannot provide a robust measure of reliability. It is the case however, particularly in the investigation of small populations of expert opinion, that we can be confident of surveying a sizable proportion of that population. A case study of such a survey employing Peer Esteem Snowballing (PEST) is offered in demonstration.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:expert surveys, network snowballing, informant surveys
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
ID Code:12085
Deposited By: Dr D. Christopoulos
Deposited On:22 Dec 2010 09:21
Last Modified:03 Dec 2016 18:57

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