We are running surveys with chronically homeless female and gender diverse people who transition from the shelter into housing. Pre surveys are OK; post-surveys (once they are housed) are a real challenge.
I’d like to ask the community to suggest their ideas and literature they know how to up survey participation for marginalised populations. We cooperate with researchers and have tried the following (in combinations) to date but please add to the list (and add any cons/challenges you have encountered)!
- Asking housed clients to come back to the service centre/shelter (trauma retriggering)
- Incentives of $5-10 gift cards (Tim Hortons, Giant Tiger)
- Mailing surveys to participants incl gift cards (and cross fingers you get a response)
- Calling/e-mailing (previously transient people are not often having access to either of these means)
- Meet with a Research Assistant at a neutral place to administer the survey (time/travel=$$$ intense)
- Meet with a peer worker at a neutral place to administer the survey (lone worker HR policy issues; time/travel=$$$ intense)