The RRC has a history of integrated quantitative approaches where we have both developed and further validated measures related to the study of resilience, and conducted large surveys that have included a broad variety of measures. While we do ask youth to complete long questionnaires, we do this one-on-one with a researcher whenever possible. We also try to make the process highly interactive and personable. We train our researchers to administer this questionnaire so it feels like a conversation. We always read each question aloud to the youth, giving them the option of whether they want to record the responses or if they would prefer we do. This circumvents the youth having to disclose to the researchers that they are unable to read or write which helps to set the tone for the process.
The RRC uses a multitude of research approaches; Quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, qualitative, and visual methods.
When undertaking taking qualitative research, the RRC believes that the interview should be a conversation rather than a traditional question-answer interview. As such, we use semi-structured interview guides and train our researchers extensively so that they understand the core questions we are trying to answer. This gives them the confidence and freedom to “follow” the youth where they guide us as researchers. In our experience, if a topic or question is not relevant or important to youth, they do not elaborate, while if something is of importance to them or has greatly influenced or impacted them, they have a lot to say about the topic.
The RRC often integrates visual elicitation methods into research projects using video and photo data (see Negotiating Resilience and Spaces and Places). In our experience, using these methods allows youth to reflect on the research topic before going into an interview. It also gives them control over the interview process allowing youth to introduce topics of importance.