Consulting the oracle: Using the Delphi method in research with undocumented migrant children
AbstractAlthough there are estimates of the number of undocumented migrant families resident in the UK, there are currently no estimates at local authority level. As a result, undocumented migrant families are often invisible in local discussions of child poverty and safeguarding, can be excluded from services to safeguard their welfare, and face the risk of destitution. This paper explores the Delphi method as a way of using expert consensus to estimate numbers of undocumented migrant families. Fieldwork was completed in Birmingham, West Midlands, but uses a methodology transferrable to other areas. A median estimate of 1,500 families, containing 1,900 children was reached. The paper concludes with a discussion of the methodological difficulties encountered, and recommendations for use of the method in the future.
CitationJolly, A. (2019) Consulting the oracle: Using the Delphi method in research with undocumented migrant children, Social Research Practice, 8 (Autumn 2019), pp. 28-40.
PublisherSocial Research Association
JournalSocial Research Practice
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