Shifting your research online due to COVID-19?
Felipe Filomeno, Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Studies and member of the Center for Social Science Scholarship Advisory Board, discusses resources available to social science researchers who are looking to move their interviews, focus groups, and surveys to online platforms:
- Online survey guidelines
- Email Interviewing
- Skype interviews
- Online interviews
- In-person vs digital focus groups
- Designing and conducting online focus groups
- Online focus groups with youth
- “Doing Fieldwork in a Pandemic” Google doc with resources
Updated guidance from the UMBC Office of Research Protections and Compliance
- Updated guidance for conducting interviews – COVID-19: Using alternative platforms for in person interactions, including focus groups
- Continuing and conducting human subjects use research: Remaining careful and respectful of participants who decide to be involved in human subjects
- Use of video conferencing platforms for interviews: What to use in place of face to face interviews – COVID-19
- Using Electronic Signatures to Document Informed Consent: Found under Consent and Assent Guidelines, it is possible for researchers to use electronic signatures to document consent
Virtual research resources from the UMBC Library
- The UMBC Library is providing virtual research assistance during the COVID-19 situation. The library building is physically closed, and USMAI borrowing and Interlibrary Loan are not operating. However, there is online library support!
- Go here for information about library services currently available. Reference staff are available in chat from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Look for the “Ask a Librarian” box at the edges of the library homepage. Questions asked before or after chat hours will be answered by email. Online research appointments can also be scheduled.