Recruitment of Low-wage Workers for a Time-sensitive Natural Experiment to Evaluate a Minimum Wage Policy: Challenges and Lessons Learned

Amy Shanafelt, Claire Sadeghzadeh, Leah Chapman, Molly De Marco, Lisa Harnack, Susan Gust, Melvin Jackson, Caitlin E Caspi

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Abstract

Natural experiments are often used for answering research questions in which randomization is implausible. Effective recruitment strategies are well documented for observational cohort studies and clinical trials, unlike recruitment methods for time-sensitive natural experiments. In this time-sensitive study of the impact of a minimum wage policy, we aimed to recruit 900 low-wage workers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Raleigh, North Carolina. We present our recruitment strategies, challenges, and successes for participant screening and enrollment of a difficult-to-reach population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalField Methods
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (1R01DK118664-01); NIH grant UL1TR002494 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) supported data management. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. Funding agencies had no role in the design, analysis, or writing of this article.

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