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Research Seminar – Using Online Platforms for COVID-19 Related Research: Lessons from a Mechanical Turk Survey on Mask Wearing

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Presented by Sarah Laurent, MPH
Epidemiology PhD Candidate, Zilber School of Public Health

Use of online crowdsourcing platforms to recruit participants for health-related research has been growing quickly over the last decade. The importance of high-quality and timely information about public acceptance and adoption of key health behaviors is one of the most important lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. This talk will review what is known about data samples and quality in MTurk samples and compare an MTurk survey on mask-wearing to a similar survey fielded by Pew Research in the same timeframe. Discussion will include an overview of how selection bias may manifest in a crowdsourced sample and designing research to maximize data quality in MTurk samples.

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