Disciplines

Survey Research: Design, Implementation and Data Processing

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Course code
S15
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 600.00
Level
Master
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NOTE: this course is fully booked! New applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

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). 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. Best practice guidelines for phases of the survey from design to implementation, analysis and reporting will be discussed.

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). 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, questionnaire construction and testing, modes of and devices for data collection, 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.

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.

A good follow up is our SummerSchool course ‘Survey research: Statistical analysis and estimation’ (S16) ( 27 - 31 August)
Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Dr. Vera Toepoel

Lecturers

Vera Toepoel (UU), Deirdre Giessen (CBS), Bart Bakker (CBS).

Target audience

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.

Study load

The course consists of formal lectures, less formal presentations or case studies, and practical exercises (with feedback) that apply the tools presented in the lectures.

A typical course day starts at 9.00 and ends at 17.00 with breaks for coffee, lunch and tea. At the last day (Friday) after the morning program, there is the opportunity for individual consultation. Students who want to use this opportunity are expected to prepare for this in advance.

Fee

Tuition fee for PhD students from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences from Utrecht University will be funded by the Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The course is taught from ‘De Leeuw, Hox & Dillman (2008). International Handbook of Survey Methodology. New York: Taylor & Francis’. This book is not included in the course material € 600.00
Housing € 200.00 , through Utrecht Summer School

Tuition fee for PhD students from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences from Utrecht University will be funded by the Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

The course is taught from ‘De Leeuw, Hox & Dillman (2008). International Handbook of Survey Methodology. New York: Taylor & Francis’. This book is not included in the course material

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

More information

Irma Reyersen  -  ms.graduate.program@uu.nl
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Registration

Application deadline: 06 August 2018