Creation of high-quality longitudinal data for aging minority populations

To address the absence of methodological guidance on overcoming the barrier of inclusive aging research, activities in this thematic area will examine recruitment methods outside of probability sampling. Because how granular minority groups are integrated in society may differ from one group to the next, we acknowledge that there may not be a single method that will address this theme fully. Rather, the focus will be examining various methods and their effectiveness across granular groups. The goal is to identify methods that are feasible and provide robust representation properties for individual granular groups in the longitudinal study setting and comparability with non-minority data available in existing longitudinal aging studies.


Lee, Lisa, Justine Bulgar-Medina, Kristen Neishi, Angela Houghton, and Manal Sidi. 2022. “Strategies for Increasing Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Representation in Survey Research.” Survey Practice 15 (1).

Summary: Despite the rapidly growing population, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) people are often underrepresented in national survey estimates, especially if they are non-English-speakers. Key strategies for improving AANHPI survey participation include: involving trusted community leaders throughout the survey process to increase trust throughout the community in those conducting surveys, creating culturally-appropriate survey related messaging, and developing appropriate translations of survey items. 

Farooqi, A., Jutlla, K., Raghavan, R. et al. Developing a toolkit for increasing the participation of black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in health and social care research. BMC Medical Research Methodology 22, 17 (2022).

Summary: Racial minorities are consistently underrepresented in surveys and research across all fields, due to poor recruitment strategies, a lack of cultural competence amongst researchers, and lack of meaningful engagement with relevant community members and stakeholders, among other factors. It is important to involve culturally competent researchers, allow participants to provide feedback to researchers, effectively recruit participants in a way where they are able to understand the benefits of the research, and ensure that the research is relevant to the targeted population.