Diversity in Survey Questions on the Same Topic

Author: Tineke de Jonge
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319532618
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book describes why conventional methods fall short to solve the comparability problem and introduces three successive innovations to overcome these shortcomings. Comparability of results from different surveys using different items for the same topic is greatly hampered by the differences in response scales used. This reduces our accumulation of knowledge and has challenged researchers in the field of survey research for long to develop appropriate methods to transform ratings on different scales to attain comparable results and to correct for effects of changes in measurements and other influencing factors. The three innovations described in this volume are applied to data on happiness and life satisfaction, show better comparability of the survey results concerning the perceptions and opinions of people over time and across nations and at an increased opportunity for meta-analysis on these results.

Handbook of Survey Methodology for the Social Sciences

Author: Lior Gideon
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461438764
Format: PDF
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Surveys enjoy great ubiquity among data collection methods in social research: they are flexible in questioning techniques, in the amount of questions asked, in the topics covered, and in the various ways of interactions with respondents. Surveys are also the preferred method by many researchers in the social sciences due to their ability to provide quick profiles and results. Because they are so commonly used and fairly easy to administer, surveys are often thought to be easily thrown together. But designing an effective survey that yields reliable and valid results takes more than merely asking questions and waiting for the answers to arrive. Geared to the non-statistician, the Handbook of Survey Methodology in Social Sciences addresses issues throughout all phases of survey design and implementation. Chapters examine the major survey methods of data collection, providing expert guidelines for asking targeted questions, improving accuracy and quality of responses, while reducing sampling and non-sampling bias. Relying on the Total Survey Error theory, various issues of both sampling and non-sampling sources of error are explored and discussed. By covering all aspects of the topic, the Handbook is suited to readers taking their first steps in survey methodology, as well as to those already involved in survey design and execution, and to those currently in training. Featured in the Handbook: • The Total Survey Error: sampling and non-sampling errors. • Survey sampling techniques. • The art of question phrasing. • Techniques for increasing response rates • A question of ethics: what is allowed in survey research? • Survey design: face-to-face, phone, mail, e-mail, online, computer-assisted.? • Dealing with sensitive issues in surveys. • Demographics of respondents: implications for future survey research. • Dealing with nonresponse, and nonresponse bias The Handbook of Survey Methodology in Social Sciences offers how-to clarity for researchers in the social and behavioral sciences and related disciplines, including sociology, criminology, criminal justice, social psychology, education, public health, political science, management, and many other disciplines relying on survey methodology as one of their main data collection tools.

Metrics of Subjective Well Being Limits and Improvements

Author: Gaël Brulé
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319618105
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This volume analyses the quantification of the effect of factors measuring subjective well-being, and in particular on the metrics applied. With happiness studies flourishing over the last decades, both in number of publications as well as in their exposure, researchers working in this field are aware of potential weaknesses and pitfalls of these metrics. Contributors to this volume reflect on different factors influencing quantification, such as scale size, wording, language, biases, and cultural comparability in order to raise awareness on the tools and on their conditions of use.

Question Evaluation Methods

Author: Jennifer Madans
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118036999
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Insightful observations on common question evaluation methods and best practices for data collection in survey research Featuring contributions from leading researchers and academicians in the field of survey research, Question Evaluation Methods: Contributing to the Science of Data Quality sheds light on question response error and introduces an interdisciplinary, cross-method approach that is essential for advancing knowledge about data quality and ensuring the credibility of conclusions drawn from surveys and censuses. Offering a variety of expert analyses of question evaluation methods, the book provides recommendations and best practices for researchers working with data in the health and social sciences. Based on a workshop held at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), this book presents and compares various question evaluation methods that are used in modern-day data collection and analysis. Each section includes an introduction to a method by a leading authority in the field, followed by responses from other experts that outline related strengths, weaknesses, and underlying assumptions. Topics covered include: Behavior coding Cognitive interviewing Item response theory Latent class analysis Split-sample experiments Multitrait-multimethod experiments Field-based data methods A concluding discussion identifies common themes across the presented material and their relevance to the future of survey methods, data analysis, and the production of Federal statistics. Together, the methods presented in this book offer researchers various scientific approaches to evaluating survey quality to ensure that the responses to these questions result in reliable, high-quality data. Question Evaluation Methods is a valuable supplement for courses on questionnaire design, survey methods, and evaluation methods at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. it also serves as a reference for government statisticians, survey methodologists, and researchers and practitioners who carry out survey research in the areas of the social and health sciences.

Cognitive Interviewing Methodology

Author: Kristen Miller
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118589629
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AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE TO THE EVOLUTION OF THEORY AND METHODOLOGY WITHIN COGNITIVE INTERVIEW PROCESSES Providing a comprehensive approach to cognitive interviewing in the field of survey methodology, Cognitive Interviewing Methodology delivers a clear guide that draws upon modern, cutting-edge research from a variety of fields. Each chapter begins by summarizing the prevailing paradigms that currently dominate the field of cognitive interviewing. Then underlying theoretical foundations are presented, which supplies readers with the necessary background to understand newly-evolving techniques in the field. The theories lead into developed and practiced methods by leading practitioners, researchers, and/or academics. Finally, the edited guide lays out the limitations of cognitive interviewing studies and explores the benefits of cognitive interviewing with other methodological approaches. With a primary focus on question evaluation, Cognitive Interviewing Methodology also includes: Step-by-step procedures for conducting cognitive interviewing studies, which includes the various aspects of data collection, questionnaire design, and data interpretation Newly developed tools to benefit cognitive interviewing studies as well as the field of question evaluation, such as Q-Notes, a data entry and analysis software application, and Q-Bank, an online resource that houses question evaluation studies A unique method for questionnaire designers, survey managers, and data users to analyze, present, and document survey data results from a cognitive interviewing study An excellent reference for survey researchers and practitioners in the social sciences who utilize cognitive interviewing techniques in their everyday work, Cognitive Interviewing Methodology is also a useful supplement for courses on survey methods at the upper-undergraduate and graduate-level.

Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys

Author: Peter Lynn
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470743911
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Longitudinal surveys are surveys that involve collecting data from multiple subjects on multiple occasions. They are typically used for collecting data relating to social, economic, educational and health-related issues and they serve as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers. Focusing on the design, implementation and analysis of longitudinal surveys, Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys discusses the current state of the art in carrying out these surveys. The book also covers issues that arise in surveys that collect longitudinal data via retrospective methods. Aimed at researchers and practitioners analyzing data from statistical surveys the book will also be suitable as supplementary reading for graduate students of survey statistics. This book: Covers all the main stages in the design, implementation and analysis of longitudinal surveys. Reviews recent developments in the field, including the use of dependent interviewing and mixed mode data collection. Discusses the state of the art in sampling, weighting and non response adjustment. Features worked examples throughout using real data. Addresses issues arising from the collection of data via retrospective methods, as well as ethical issues, confidentiality and non-response bias. Is written by an international team of contributors consisting of some of the most respected Survey Methodology experts in the field

Survey measurement and process quality

Author: Lars Lyberg
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
ISBN:
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An in-depth look at current issues, new research findings, and interdisciplinary exchange in survey methodology and processing Survey Measurement and Process Quality extends the marriage of traditional survey issues and continuous quality improvement further than any other contemporary volume. It documents the current state of the field, reports new research findings, and promotes interdisciplinary exchange in questionnaire design, data collection, data processing, quality assessment, and effects of errors on estimation and analysis. The book's five sections discuss a broad range of issues and topics in each of five major areas, including * Questionnaire design--conceptualization, design of rating scales for effective measurement, self-administered questionnaires, and more * Data collection--new technology, interviewer effects, interview mode, children as respondents * Post-survey processing and operations--modeling of classification operations, coding based on such systems, editing, integrating processes * Quality assessment and control--total quality management, developing current best methods, service quality, quality efforts across organizations * Effects of misclassification on estimation, analysis, and interpretation--misclassification and other measurement errors, new variance estimators that account for measurement error, estimators of nonsampling error components in interview surveys Survey Measurement and Process Quality is an indispensable resource for survey practitioners and managers as well as an excellent supplemental text for undergraduate and graduate courses and special seminars.

Sampling Statistics

Author: Wayne A. Fuller
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118211111
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Discover the latest developments and current practices in surveysampling Survey sampling is an important component of research in manyfields, and as the importance of survey sampling continues to grow,sophisticated sampling techniques that are both economical andscientifically reliable are essential to planning statisticalresearch and the design of experiments. Sampling Statisticspresents estimation techniques and sampling concepts to facilitatethe application of model-based procedures to survey samples. The book begins with an introduction to standard probabilitysampling concepts, which provides the foundation for studyingsamples selected from a finite population. The development of thetheory of complex sampling methods is detailed, and subsequentchapters explore the construction of estimators, sample design,replication variance estimation, and procedures such as nonresponseadjustment and small area estimation where models play a key role.A final chapter covers analytic studies in which survey data areused for the estimation of parameters for a subject mattermodel. The author draws upon his extensive experience with surveysamples in the book's numerous examples. Both the production of"general use" databases and the analytic study of a limited numberof characteristics are discussed. Exercises at the end of eachchapter allow readers to test their comprehension of the presentedconcepts and techniques, and the references provide furtherresources for study. Sampling Statistics is an ideal book for courses insurvey sampling at the graduate level. It is also a valuablereference for practicing statisticians who analyze survey data orare involved in the design of sample surveys.

Survey Interviews

Author: Rainer Schnell
Publisher: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
ISBN: 9783531136141
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Dieses Lehrbuch gibt detaillierte Hinweise für die Durchführung standardisierter Befragungen, vor allem der allgemeinen Bevölkerung. Das Buch behandelt zunächst allgemeine Probleme der Frageformulierung und des Antwortverhaltens. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit wird den praktischen Problemen der Fragebogenkonstruktion und der Durchführung von Pretests gewidmet. Für alle Formen standardisierter Interviews (schriftlich, mündlich, telefonisch, per Internet) werden die jeweiligen Besonderheiten der Befragungsinstrumente, der Stichprobenverfahren und der Durchführung praxisnah dargestellt. Hierbei werden vor allem Nonresponse-Probleme ausführlich diskutiert und Möglichkeiten zu ihrer Vermeidung dargestellt.