Belgium, Leuven

Reaching out to hard-to-survey groups among the poor

when 30 May 2016 - 3 June 2016
language English
duration 1 week

Surveys of hard-to-reach populations have been, for some years, in the focus of not only methodological but also policy-related research. Sample surveys have been the vital elements for producing official statistics and in research within many empirical sciences, e.g. sociology, psychology, economics, geography, and medical sciences. Accordingly, research with socially and economically disadvantaged people necessi­tates improved strategies for the enhancement of diversity in all disciplines of research. What makes the groups ‘hard’-to-survey is volatile such as being hard to find, difficult to access, hard to persuade to participate in surveys, hard to interview, etc. Understanding what makes these aspects ‘hard’ and turns them into ‘barriers’ is necessary for developing strategies to increase the involvement and participation of disadvantaged groups in research.

Applications, including a short motivation note, should be made via the online application form no later than 31 January 2016.

Course leader

Ides Niçaise & Tuba Bircan

Target group

The InGRID Summer School ‘Reaching out to hard-to-survey groups among the poor’ is suitable for researchers, PhD students, methodologists, policy makers and policy practitioners.

Policy-makers and practitioners are expected to:

have experience or interest in challenges related to the topics of the summer school and;
be prepared to present a paper, poster or case study to discuss how and why it is important to reach out to hard-to-survey groups for their policies.

Researchers are expected to:

be enrolled in a PhD programme, or have completed a PhD or hold a postdoctoral fellowship;
have experience or an interest in researching hard-to-survey populations/groups and;
be prepared to present a paper, poster or case study during the event.

Course aim

This InGRID summer school aims to bring together policy makers, social scien­tists, survey methodologists, statisticians, demographers, ethnographers, and other scholars and professionals from around the world to present existing as well as inno­vative techniques for surveying hard-to-reach populations. In order to address both the statistical and survey design aspects of including hard­-to-­reach groups, the main focus will be on studies, reports and findings related to the identifi­cation, definition, measurement, and methodologies for surveying and enumerating undercounted pop­ulations. Hence, this school provides an excellent opportunity to learn about hard­-to-­survey populations ‑ in particular, among poor and socially excluded groups ‑ by offering a review including a systematic look at populations and settings that make surveys hard to conduct; and at quantitative as well as qualitative methods that can be used to address these challenges.

Fee info

EUR 0: Participation in the school is free of charge.


Participants may be eligible for at least partial reim­bursement of travel and subsistence costs in accordance to InGRID’s terms and conditions. More information will be provided soon.