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Field Methods

The primary objective of SLiCA is to provide internationally comparable data on the social and economic conditions of indigenous people in the Arctic. Its purpose was furthermore to extent the concept of living conditions to include dimensions most relevant to Arctic peoples, including (in addition to more conventional dimensions) subsistence, family ties, Native language, traditional education, and spirituality.

We have divided our discussion of field methods into five sections:

bulletCommon study parameters
bulletSample design
bulletInterview methods
bulletResponse Rates

Because of the mutually agreed requirement that the data be internationally comparable, there were constraints upon each participating country: " The target population must be similar in each country/region " A probability sample that is statistically and scientifically correct must be used in each country/region to avoid bias " Each country/region should adhere to a minimum sample size. This will ensure that at least a certain level of analysis will be possible within each area and that certain data items will be valid for international comparison " The same questionnaire/collection instrument (or at least core instrument) must be used " Reporting reference periods should be the same length (i.e. one year) and data collection periods should be as close to identical as possible, but at least within the same 18 month period.

Please continue with Common Study Parameters.