Accessing the community: Gaining insider perspectives from the outside

Sixsmith, Judith, Boneham, Margaret and Goldring, John E. (2003) Accessing the community: Gaining insider perspectives from the outside. Qualitative Health Research, 13 (4). pp. 578-589. ISSN 1049-7323

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Accessing participants for research projects is often treated as unproblematic. However the experience outlined here of negotiating access to participants within a community setting illustrates the inherent difficulties of recruitment. The authors describe the techniques used and practical challenges faced when accessing participants within a socially deprived community for a qualitative research project on social capital. They used a number of different strategies to generate a diverse sample including advertising, snowballing, accessing gatekeepers, and street surveys. The value of a stakeholder analysis is described alongside issues surrounding the use of gatekeepers. Rather than acting as outsiders seeking participants at every available opportunity, a more fortuitous strategy involved the ethnographic approach of “being there” as active contributors to community life. Here, the cornerstones of credibility and trust were addressed in a process of continually negotiating access from a semi-insider position.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Metadata only available from this repository.Article originally published in Qualitative Health Research, © SAGE Publications Ltd. SAGE Journals Online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: recruitment, community, research process, researcher role, stakeholder analysis
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2019 14:14
Identification Number: 10.1177/1049732302250759

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