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Slagelse, Denmark:
May 1998

The purpose of this work shop was to develop the conceptual design of an international survey of living conditions in the Arctic.

The major decisions were:

DECISIONS FROM SLAGELSE, MAY 1998

Methodological decisions

A quantitative survey based on qualitative studies

A comparative study based on a common survey

Survey data must be combined with regional "system reports"

One core of common questions-additional with regionally specific questions allowed

Three levels (a) inter-regional level, (b) regional level and (c) community level (depending on local funding)

Geographical limitation: Inuit and Saami living in the Arctic

Units of sampling: Inuit and Saami households (1) random

individual + the most knowledgeable person regarding household production)

Units of analysis: Individuals and households

Age 16+

Decisions regarding indicators

7 objectives:

The research design must mirror the life forms and welfare priorities of the respondents

The aim is not only to map living conditions - but also to identify forces for social, economic and cultural change as well as consequences of change

Theoretical and model deduced selection of living conditions indicators (The household production model (a.o))

Coherent set of indicators. Measuring Both descriptive as well as cumulative measures are employed

Definition of Living Conditions

Living conditions are constituted by: individual control over resources that can be employed in different arenas.

See: Slagelse Draft Proceedings Report