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conferences, data collection, survey research



  1. Sleutel, Martha Rider


Background: Conferences can provide large numbers of potential subjects in one location, yet there is little published guidance on how to collect data at a conference site. A computer search revealed no citations on this topic. This article outlines a systematic strategy to plan and perform research at conferences.


Objectives: This article provides a step-by-step process to guide researchers in planning and conducting survey research at conferences.


Discussion: Initial components in planning data collection at a conference include making a timeline and getting permission. Detailed advanced planning involves specific strategies for attracting participants, and for distributing and collecting the questionnaires. Travel provisions and on-site logistical approaches are explained, followed by suggestions for post-conference activities.