Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Survey Research: Design, Implementation and Data Processing

when 17 August 2015 - 20 August 2015
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 800

Changes in technology and society strongly influence modern survey research. This course covers the essentials of modern survey methodology and analysis and is organized by the Department of Methodology and Statistics in collaboration with Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Topics include state of the art survey design, questionnaire construction and testing, modes of data collection, including online surveys and mixed mode design, data processing and survey analysis techniques, such as nonresponse analysis and scale and index construction and the use of administrative data. Best practice guidelines for phases of the survey from design to implementation, analysis and reporting will be discussed. International comparative and longitudinal surveys are included.

Graduate students, academic researchers, researchers in the public and private sector, heads of departments, managers, and commissioners of research are increasingly dealing with surveys. This course is intended as an introduction at master/graduate level for those who are new to modern survey methodology and as a refresher course for those with some experience in survey methodology. Current developments will be reviewed and research literature will be discussed. After the course, participants are ready to apply the learned towards their own surveys, are able to critically assess existing surveys and survey documentation, and are able to take advanced training in survey methodology and analysis. Changes in technology and society strongly influence modern survey research. This course is organized by the Department of Methodology and Statistics (UU) in collaboration with Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Central to the course is survey quality and the reduction of Total Survey Error (coverage, sampling, nonresponse, and measurement error, including questionnaire and mode effects), while balancing logistics and survey costs. Topics include state of the art survey design, operationalization and measurement, questionnaire construction and question testing, survey modes of data collection, including online surveys and mixed mode design and the use of administrative data.
Besides survey design issues, also data processing- and survey analysis techniques will be included in this course, such as nonresponse analysis and scale and index construction. International comparative and longitudinal surveys are included.
The course is taught from ‘De Leeuw, Hox & Dillman (2010). International Handbook of Survey Methodology. New York: Taylor & Francis’. This book is not included in the course material. This book has to be purchased in advance.

A basic knowledge of methods and statistics (e.g. descriptive statistics) is required. In the course SPSS will be used, but specific knowledge of SPSS is not required.

Course leader

Prof. dr. E.D. de Leeuw

Target group

Whether you are working with survey data, intend to commission a survey, or carry out a survey yourself, if you want to know more about designing and analyzing modern surveys this course is for you.

This course assumes minimally bachelor level knowledge of methods and statistics. In the course SPSS will be used, but specific knowledge of SPSS is not required.

The course is intended for students, professionals, and managers from a variety of fields, such as social and behavioral research, marketing, business, health sciences, and official statistics, who would like to learn more about the survey process in the 21st century.

A maximum of 30 participants will be allowed in this course.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of theory and practice of modern survey design and analysis. This course is useful for both novices in survey methodology and for more experienced students, who want to refresh their knowledge. After the course, participants are ready to apply the learned towards their own surveys, are able to critically assess existing surveys and survey documentation, and are able to take advanced training in survey methodology and analysis.

Credits info

1.5 ECTS
Certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 800: Course + course materials + housing

This course can be combined with the course
‘Survey Research: Statistical Analysis and Estimation’ (24-28 August 2015).

Tuition for PhD candidates from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences will be funded by the Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

The course is taught from ‘De Leeuw, Hox & Dillman (2010). International Handbook of Survey Methodology. New York: Taylor & Francis’.
This book is not included in the course materials. This book has to be purchased in advance (e.g. Bol.com or Amazon.de)
EUR 600: Course + course materials

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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