Mannheim Research Colloquium on Survey Methods: Using the GESIS Panel to Collect Egocentric Network Data

26.03.2024 - 10:00 to 11:00
Location : 
A 5,6 Raum A 231
Type of Event : 
Theresia Ell
Lecturer affiliation: 
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

The rapid development of digital technologies has not only changed the way we communicate in everyday life but also influences the state-of-the-art methods of data collection. Consequently, live video-based interviews have gained importance, because they offer the opportunity to interact with participants across geographical boundaries in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Using live video interviews, egocentric network data was collected as part of a research project in summer 2023, recruiting a total of 159 individuals from the probability-based GESIS Panel. To evaluate this innovative data collection method, we first examine who is willing to participate and who is not. The existing panel data allows us to examine a variety of relevant predictor variables. In a second step, we investigate the motives given for participating in the study and how participants assess the interview experience after data collection. The aim of this contribution is to summarize opportunities and challenges of using live video-based interviews as a data collection method for egocentric network research.

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