Switzerland, Lugano

Survey Methods and Questionnaire Design

online course
when 24 August 2020 - 28 August 2020
language English
duration 1 week
fee CHF 700

The following workshop will be held by Professor Roberts on Week 2 (24 - 28 August, 2020)



Description of the workshop
This workshop is intended as an introduction to survey research methods and questionnaire design. It will consider the various steps involved in conducting a survey and the challenges that can arise along the way. In particular, it will introduce the concept of 'survey error', describe the main sources of error and how error impacts the accuracy of the data collected. It will present ways of minimizing the error through effective design decisions, to improve the validity and utility of research findings.

A significant component of survey error arises from the design of questionnaires, the method of questionnaire administration, and the way in which respondents answer questions when different methods are used. Much can be done to reduce such errors at relatively low cost. For this reason, the course will focus particularly on questionnaire design and testing. It will also consider methods to improve how well surveys represent populations of interest, drawing on survey methodological theory and best practice.

Participants will have the opportunity to work on practical activities designed to develop key skills involved in survey and questionnaire design, which may be applied to their on-going or future research projects.

The course is suitable for people starting out in survey research, whether they are responsible for designing and conducting surveys, analysing survey data or both. For those with more experience of survey research, the course introduces theories and insights from survey methodology to improve understanding of threats to the quality of survey data.

Course objectives
The overall aim of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the theory and practice of survey research, and the tools needed to conduct independent survey projects of high quality. Particular focus will be placed on how to design effective questionnaires.

By the end of the course participants should be able to:

Make key decisions involved in designing and conducting a survey, and know how decisions made at each stage can affect the quality of the data produced
Complete the steps involved in developing and testing an effective survey questionnaire, following best-practice guidelines
Describe the key sources of survey error that affect the validity of research findings and plan procedures to minimize their impact.
Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course leader

Caroline Roberts (University of Lausanne)

Target group

Everyone who is interested; there are no formal requirement. Note that many workshops have some prerequisites.

The Summer School workshops are conceived for those who need to deepen and widen their methodological knowledge and skills for their work, research projects and (PhD) theses: students, junior and senior researchers, practitioners from academia and outside academia at any stage of their careers whenever the need for further training in methodology arises.

Course aim

Participants will have the opportunity to work on practical activities designed to develop key skills involved in survey and questionnaire design, which may be applied to their on-going or future research projects.

Credits info

The Summer School cannot grant credits. We only deliver a Certificate of attendance, i.e. we certify your
presence

If you consider using Summer School workshops to obtain credits (ECTS), you will have to investigate at your home institution (contact the person/institute responsible for your degree) to find out whether they recognize the Summer School, how many credits can be earned from a workshop/course with roughly 35 hours of teaching, no graded work, and no exams.

Make sure to investigate this matter before registering, if this is important to you.

Fee info

CHF 700: The Summer School in Social Science Methods is financed through participant’s fees.

There are two fees:

Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.
These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).
To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to methodssummerschool@usi.ch.
CHF 1100: The Summer School in Social Science Methods is financed through participant’s fees.

There are two fees:

Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.
These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).
To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to methodssummerschool@usi.ch.

Scholarships

As the Summer School is financed through participant’s fees alone and has no funds of its own, it cannot offer any scholarship, grants or financial aid.