Lessons learned from using an audience response system in a community setting for research data collection

Public Health Nurs. 2018 Jul;35(4):353-359. doi: 10.1111/phn.12397. Epub 2018 Mar 22.


Objectives: A community-academic team implemented a study involving collection of quantitative data using a computer-based audience response system (ARS) whereby community partners led data collection efforts. The team participated in a reflection exercise after the data collection to evaluate and identify best practices and lessons learned about the community partner-led process.

Design & sample: The methods involved a qualitative research consultant who facilitated the reflection exercise that consisted of two focus groups-one academic and one community research team members. The consultant then conducted content analysis. Nine members participated in the focus groups.

Results: The reflection identified the following themes: the positive aspects of the ARS; challenges to overcome; and recommendations for the future.

Conclusion: The lessons learned here can help community-academic research partnerships identify the best circumstances in which to use ARS for data collection and practical steps to aid in its success.

Keywords: community-based participatory research; community/public health; computers/technology; data collection methods.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Community-Based Participatory Research / methods*
  • Community-Institutional Relations
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Electronic Data Processing / methods
  • Exercise
  • Focus Groups / methods*
  • Humans
  • Qualitative Research