Challenges of Using Collaborative Methodologies in Surveying Political Trust in Haiti

Challenges of Using Collaborative Methodologies in Surveying Political Trust in Haiti

By Han Dorussen, University of Essex,  Zorzeta Bakaki,  University of Essex and Athena R. Kolbe, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Collaborative methodologies are often difficult to implement in large-N surveys. Practical constraints and political volatility made it unfeasible to use collaborative methodologies in the implementation of our survey of political trust in Haiti. Collaboration remained less thorough and meaningful compared to smaller-sample surveys due to time and accessibility constraints. Such constraints become even more apparent when fielding a survey in a politically unstable environment. We show how questions about political trust prime respondents to give negatively rather than positively worded responses, which indicates that participants are fundamentally affected by instability in the country. We also discuss how collaboration was still achievable and ultimately mattered. Collaboration with the Haitian researchers helped us to address the idiomatic language, norms, and cultures of local communities as well as the variation in local awareness of peace-building organizations.

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