Communicate frequently with agency partners and key staff! Text message and e-mail has worked best. Make sure they understand your role as research associate. In my experience they have been very helpful with getting in touch with participants (sometimes more so than contacting the participant directly).

Informed consent and baseline surveys:

  • Before setting up a time to complete the consent and baseline, make sure the potential participant:

o   is informed about the evaluation

o   understands that participation is voluntary and won’t affect enrollment in housing program

o   is aware of the length of time the process take

  • Reserve a quiet space at one of the agencies during office hours or when agency staff is easily reachable

  • Make sure a laptop or computer is available and working. If bringing own laptop, get WiFi login information ahead of time

  • Have several copies of printed materials (consent form, baseline survey, stipend receipt)

  • Reviewing and highlighting key parts of the informed consent beforehand is helpful for completing the process in a timely manner and getting the information across

  • In my experience, consent process, obtaining contact information, and the baseline survey has taken between 45 minutes to an hour and a half depending on participant

  • Bring snacks and water bottles for the participant and yourself!

Host Home Exit Interviews:

  • Become familiar with the questionnaire beforehand

  • Test recording device before hand

  • Reserve a quiet and private space

  • Ask participant to clarify as needed