On Monday, I checked in with my advisor and was informed that the estimated start date of Phase 2 recruitment would begin in mid-May. With that, project staff and I had to make sure that we knew every potential location in underfunded New York communities, and our marked areas of study (South Bronx and Upper Manhattan) that could hold potentially eligible participants in order to ensure a larger sample size for Phase 2 data analysis. Therefore, I was assigned to spend Monday and some of Tuesday adding to the list of recruitment locations. To do this, I looked into Spring and Summer events taking place in Upper Manhattan and South Bronx that took place during the times we would be recruiting. I made sure that the events were age appropriate, catered to a diverse crowd, and were reasonably accessible to eligible participants. Some of these events consisted of public parades, cultural festivals, public feasts, and more.
After researching recruitment locations, I spent the rest of my week assisting in analyzing existing survey responses from Phase 1 interviews in order to establish expectations for Phase 2 responses. More specifically, I reviewed the responses in regards to the willingness to participate in the study. During our Phase 1 interviews, one of the first questions asked were, “why did you decide to join our study?”. It was challenging for me to complete this task considering there were so many responses I had to read through and interpret correctly. However, I decided to create categories in a spreadsheet that the answers could be grouped in in order to evaluate some of the different motives to participate in this study. Categories such as financial compensation and relationship strengthening were noted as recurrent reasons for people to participate in the study. Based on this information, our recruitment efforts can work to appeal to potential participants more intentionally by emphasizing the financial rewards and opportunities to promote healthy relationships Project YESS offers when engaging with parental participants. It is very exciting to have all of this new insight as it will help project staff and I contribute to a change among youth across the country. Once mid-May approaches we should be ready to hit the streets once again!