After a disaster: Lessons in survey methodology from Hurricane Katrina

Tammy L. Henderson, Maria Sirois, Angela Chen, Christopher Airriess, David A. Swanson, David Banks

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In 2005, the National Science Foundation funded a number of projects to study the impact of Hurricane Katrina. The current article provides an overview of several research approaches used to conduct post-Katrina research. Each method had some advantages and disadvantages. The post-disaster context meant that experience from traditional survey methods often did not apply. Comparisons of advantages and disadvantages associated with each sampling method serve to inform future post-disaster research and illuminate the limits of classical research methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-92
Number of pages26
JournalPopulation Research and Policy Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Convenience sampling
  • Disaster research
  • Long-form sample survey
  • Purposive sampling
  • Short-form enumeration
  • Stratified random sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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