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Design, Implementation, and Sociological Analysis: An Exploration of Respondent Driven Sampling

Event date: Thursday 16th June 2011 - Friday 17th June 2011

The purpose of this conference is to bring together statisticians and survey methodologists developing Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS) with researchers using the method to survey immigrants. RDS utilizes social networks to find, survey, and develop inference on "hidden populations" like sex workers, drug users, and migrant workers. The method was introduced in 1997 and has since become widely used, yet RDS is often incorrectly implemented and the most recent statistical developments can take years to come into practice. Bringing together researchers using RDS methodology with leading statisticians and survey methodologists will further the aims of all three, by informing theory with practice and practice with the latest developments in statistical and methodological theory. The conference will also inform future applications of the method on migrant populations.

An international group of invited speakers include:

Douglas Heckathorn, Simon Frost, Krista Gile, Matthew Salganik, Richard White, Peter Muhlau, Lisa Johnston, Andrew Cleary, Tetiana Saliuk, Guri Tyldum and Renee Luthra.

On 16 June, invited speakers will present their work on RDS design, implementation, and analysis. On 17 June, the invited speakers will meet with observing participants in small groups to discuss future research ideas and provide consulting for RDS design. A provisional programme can be found via the link on the right.


We currently have space for approximately 35 observing participants interested in RDS methodology – especially researchers interested in using the method to sample immigrant populations.
If you would like to attend, please email Renee Luthra:


This seminar has been organised under the auspices of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) and the UK Longitudinal Studies Centre (ULSC). Support for the conference is also provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) (award no. RES-518-28-001), and the Norface Migration Research Programme.

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