How to reach “hard-to-reach” groups for research

Studenten wandelen op campus
Monday 12 Feb 2024, 14:15 - 17:00
Spoken Language

Hef House, Nassaukade 31, 3071 JL Rotterdam

Add to calendar
Lybrich Wieringa

Have you ever faced challenges in trying to reach specific groups of people in your research? For example, how do you contact migrant elderly in Rotterdam or people from rural China, or how do you best recruit Dutch participants as an international researcher? Then join our event where you can meet fellow researchers, students and Rotterdammers where we will discuss these, and more concrete questions on how to reach “hard-to-reach” groups for research.


14:15-14:30 Walk in

14:30-14:40 Welcome & short video (3 to 5 min in which a resident answers a couple of questions) 

14:40-15:00 Plenary session Labyrinth: “From hard to reach to reaching harder”

15:00-16:00 3 parallel workshops

  • “Finding the right research participants from scratch”, by Erwin van Tuijl

    The workshop guides researchers in overcoming challenges of finding participants in unfamiliar contexts, addressing issues like engaging with large overseas firms and aligning interests between funders and participants.


  • "From Research Fatigue to Reciprocity" by Seline Westerhof and Emiel Rijshouwer (Workshop will be held in Dutch)


    In Rotterdam, specific neighborhoods are frequently under examination, yet residents sometimes perceive a one-sided flow of information. In this workshop, we delve into the principle of reciprocity in research through role-playing. What do residents expect? How can researchers, and even the municipality, contribute?


  • “Toward Equity and Relevance: Why and How to reach the ‘Hard-to-reach’ populations” by Zhiqi Xu


    The workshop aims to enhance sample diversity and research openness, addressing the urgent need for ethical, tailored studies with hard-to-reach populations globally. It focuses on marginalized groups facing barriers like low literacy and limited digital access, often overlooked by traditional research methods. 

16:00-17:00 Drinks and engaging in discussions based on statements. 

Register here!

Erasmus University Rotterdam handles your information confidentially. Your data will only be used for logistical purposes of this event. After this event has taken place, all data will be deleted. More information: Privacy Statement.

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
More information

Erasmus University Rotterdam is celebrating its 110th anniversary. This event is part of our 22nd lustrum. Check all our lustrum events.

Compare @count study programme

  • @title

    • Duration: @duration
Compare study programmes