Conducting Research with Stigmatized Populations

Practices, Challenges, and Lessons Learned

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Conducting research with communities who are at risk of being stigmatized can be a challenging endeavor. It is often difficult to reach and recruit individuals for research purposes regarding a stigmatized condition or situation. Yet, researchers in our field have recognized the importance of work in this area and have individually developed a range of strategies to reach, recruit, and work with these populations.

This will be an insightful one-day workshop on Saturday, November 3rd during the CSCW 2018 Conference in New York’s Hudson River (Jersey City). The workshop will be led by a group of researchers who have worked with different stigmatized groups, and they will share their experiences and challenges throughout the workshop! We invite any student, researcher, or practitioner who is or has worked with any type of stigmatized population. The focus of the workshop is to present, discuss, and compare strategies and experiences when working with stigmatized communities in the context of the ever evolving nature of technology. The outcomes of the workshop will include an outline for an article that will summarize the strategies and practices discussed as well as highlight the approaches that have led to the best outcomes across different populations. Thus, this will be a great opportunity for participants to discuss and learn how to work better with stigmatized populations!

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

      • Challenges of working with stigmatized populations
      • Best practices in designing and executing research with stigmatized populations
      • Recruitment
      • Data Collection/Analysis
      • Research Outcomes
      • Privacy and Confidentiality
      • Ethical Considerations

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