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Respondent Driven Sampling Working Group

This CSES Working Group aims to advance a sampling methodology that combines “snowball sampling” with a mathematical model that weights the sample (to compensate for the fact that the sample was collected in a non-random way). RDS is an advancement in sampling methodology because it resolves what had previously been an intractable dilemma, a dilemma that is especially severe when sampling hard-to-reach groups, that is, groups that are small relative to the general population, and for which no exhaustive list of population members is available.

“Actors do not behave or decide as atoms outside a social context ... Their attempts at purposive action are instead embedded in concrete, ongoing systems of social relations.”— Mark Granovetter