Germany, Cologne

Design and Implementation of Longitudinal Surveys

when 7 August 2017 - 11 August 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 250

The course will provide an overview of those aspects of survey design, implementation, and analysis that are unique to longitudinal surveys or that have distinct features in the longitudinal context. The course will specifically cover:
- A review of the advantages and limitations of longitudinal surveys and an outline of some of the uses to which longitudinal surveys are put.
- Key aspects of longitudinal survey design such as the sampling design, interval between waves, and data collection modes.
- Important aspects of designing a questionnaire and measurement for longitudinal studies, particularly for capturing micro-level change
- The impact of non-response and attrition in a panel, and adjustments such as weighting and imputation given that missing data patterns differ between waves.
- An introduction to important analysis considerations and methods when using a longitudinal survey design.
- In addition, each morning time will be available in a computer lab for exercises for practical application of these methods and an opportunity for more interaction with the instructors.
You can download the full syllabus with the day-to-day schedule and literature from the official website

Course leader

Dr. Tarek Al Baghal, Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, UK.;
Dr. Alexandru Cernat, Research Associate at the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research and the National Centre for Research Methods, Uni

Target group

Participants will find the course useful if:
- they are interested in the uses and importance of longitudinal surveys;
- they are involved in planning or conducting a longitudinal survey;
- they are interested aspects of longitudinal data collection;
- they are in the processes involved in measurement of phenomena over time;
- they want to use appropriate methods to analyze longitudinal data.

Course aim

By the end of the course participants will:
- be familiar with the central design issues of longitudinal surveys;
- understand different strategies on how to collect longitudinal data;
- be able to design questions that meet research objectives for longitudinal surveys and minimize error;
- be able to identify and implement features that should help to prevent panel attrition;
- be able to study the nature of non-response and attrition in a longitudinal survey;
- understand generally the methods used in weighting and imputation in a panel survey.

Credits info

- Certificate of attendance issued upon completion.
Optional bookings:
- 2 ECTS points via the University of Mannheim for regular attendance and satisfactory work on daily assignments (EUR 20).
- 4 ECTS points via the University of Mannheim for regular attendance and satisfactory work on daily assignments and for submitting a paper/report of about 5000 words to the lecturer(s) up to 4 weeks after the end of the summer school (EUR 50).

Fee info

EUR 250: Student/PhD student rate.
EUR 350: Academic/non-profit rate.
The rates include the tuition fee, course materials, the academic program, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, and a number of social activities.


10 full DAAD scholarships are available via the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) at the University of Mannheim.
5 ESRA scholarships are available for one main course.