As the COVID-19 pandemic hit researchers’ plans, discussion swiftly turned to adapting research methods for a locked-down world. The ‘big three’ methods – questionnaires, interviews and focus groups – can only be used in a few of the same ways as before the pandemic.
Researchers around the world have responded in diverse, thoughtful and creative ways – from adapting their data collection methods, to fostering researcher resilience and rethinking researcher-researched relationships.
This book, part of a series of three Rapid Responses, showcases new methods and emerging approaches. Focusing on Response and Reassessment, it has three parts: the first looks at the turn to digital methods; the second reviews methods in hand and the final part reassesses different needs and capabilities.
The other two books focus on Care and Resilience, and Creativity and Ethics. Together they help academic, applied and practitioner-researchers worldwide adapt to the new challenges COVID-19 brings.
Helen Kara has been an independent researcher since 1999 and specialises in creative research methods and ethics.
Su-Ming Khoo is Lecturer in Political Science and Sociology, and leads the Environment, Development and Sustainability and Socio-Economic Impact Research Clusters at the National Univesity of Ireland Galway.
Introduction ~ Su-ming Khoo and Helen Kara
Section 1: Going Digital
Evaluating strategies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of CATI based data collection during a global pandemic ~ Narasimhan, M., Valenti, F., Jagannath, R. Sricity, Andhra Pradesh
Going virtual: finding new ways to engage higher education students in a participatory project about science ~ Vicente, H., Delicado, A., Estevens, J., Rowland, J., Falanga, R., Truninger, M., Leßmöllmann, A., Weiß, A. Lisbon, Portugal and Karlsruhe
How children respond to and engage with feminist biographical illustrated books ~ Couceiro, L.
Digital divide in the use of Skype for academic research: a low income-high income setting analysis ~ Nchafack, A. and Ikhile, D.
Socio-economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for women in Zimbabwe ~ Ndhlovu, E.
Section 2: Going with the Methods in Hand
Social surveys in times of crisis: old rules and new dilemmas ~ Connelly, R. and Gayle, V.
Re-modelling research methods in times of a pandemic: notes from an anthropological study in Athens, Greece ~ Spyridon Chairetis
Structured literature review of psychological and social research projects on the COVID-19 pandemic in Peru ~ Reinstein, S. and Malvaceda, E.
Section 3: Reassessing Different Needs and Capabilities
Research methods to understand the ‘Youth Capabilities’: the pros and cons of using secondary analysis in a pandemic situation ~ Chawla, P.
Research and evaluation of services for children and families living in poverty ~ Verma, A. and Bizas, N.
Challenges of a systematisation of experience study about a displaced victim assistance program during COVID-19 in Colombia ~ Reinoso Chávez, N. and Castro Reyes, S.
Conclusion ~ Helen Kara and Su-ming Khoo