April 2-3, 2019

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Taking Care: What Research with Extraordinary People Can Teach Us About Being Extraordinary Researchers

At Smarty Pants, we’ve had the honor of addressing important and delicate topics for clients looking to improve the lives of those in difficult or sensitive situations. By adapting our research approaches to handle these projects, we’re reminded that all great researchers take care with their respondents. And by making these practices a part of our everyday approach to research, we’ve created methods and tactics that make everyone feel good. There’s simply nothing better than research that answers strategic questions while making all those involved feel like they’ve made a difference. This presentation will show you how to do just that.

Presentation type:

  • Best Practice Workshop

Subjects covered: 

  • Ethics or privacy
  • Ethnographic/observational research


  1. Recruiting participants for sensitive projects.
  2. Creating adaptive methods.
  3. Applying these approaches to create general best practices.


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