Observational Data Collection

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Some data can only be gathered through observation.  Studies may be based entirely on observational data collection or may simply include an observational component.  We develop taxonomies, collect geographical (GIS) data for maps, work with standardized observational rating scales and have experience testing for inter-coder reliability. 

The Survey Lab hires, trains and supervises research assistants to carry out systematic observations using taxonomies, standardized rating scales or generalized ethnographic techniques.