Snowball Sampling

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    Snowball sampling is an approach for locating information-rich key informants (Patton, 1990). Using this approach, a few potential respondents are contacted and asked whether they know of anybody with the characteristics that you are looking for in your research. For example, if you wanted to interview a sample of vegetarians / cyclists / people with a particular disability / people who support a particular political party etc., your initial contacts may well have knowledge (e.g. through a support group) of others (adapted from: http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~kate/qmcweb/s8.htm).


    Snowball sampling is not a stand-alone tool; the tool is a way of selecting participants and then using other tools, such as interviews or surveys. Having identified those with the skills and/or knowledge or characteristics you require, you would then approach these people to invite them to participate in a community consultation process.


    This page originally copied with permission from the Citizens Science Toolbox.


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    see http://p2pfoundation.net/Category:Facilitation where we are also listing similar practices

      --Michel Bauwens (Not signed in).....Sun Jan 31 00:53:33 -0800 2010


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