Research Methods

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The RTC:Rural is funded to conduct research about rural people with disabilities.  This mission has resulted in work to define what is means to be rural, evaluation of how disability and participation are measured, and development of methods for effective participant outreach.  Methodological research helps us more confidently explore our focus areas in community participation, employment, and health. 

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Depending on the definition you use, estimates of the number of people living in rural American can be vastly different.

Disability and participation measurement seeks to understand the experiences of different groups of people with disabilities.

Finding rural research participants can be challenging, but there are some promising practices.