Respondent-Driven Sampling for Surveying Ethnic Minorities in Ecuador
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Respondent-driven samplingIndigenous peoplesEcuadorHousing satisfactionPovertyWell-beingSocial exclusionQuality of life
Mullo, H., Sánchez-Borrego, I., & Pasadas-del-Amo, S. (2020). Respondent-Driven Sampling for Surveying Ethnic Minorities in Ecuador. Sustainability, 12(21), 9102. [doi:10.3390/su12219102]
SponsorshipMinisterio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, Spain MTM2015-63609-R
In this work, we consider the problem of surveying a population of young Indigenous, Montubios and Afro-Ecuadorians to study their living conditions and socioeconomic issues. We conducted a Respondent-driven sampling (RDS) survey in the canton of Riobamba, Ecuador. RDS is a network-based sampling method intended to survey hidden or hard-to-reach populations. We have obtained RDS estimates and confidence intervals of these characteristics. We have illustrated and discussed some of the assumptions of the method using some available diagnostic tools. Our results suggest that RDS is an effective methodology for studying social and economic issues of this ethnic minority in Ecuador. This technique is relatively easy to implement and has the potential to be applied to survey other hidden populations in other settings.