Survey Research: Design, Implementation and Data Processing

Course code
S15
Course fee (excl. housing)
€620.00
Level
Advanced Master
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Changes in technology and society strongly influence modern survey research. This course covers the essentials of modern survey methodology, organised 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, including questionnaire and mode effects), while balancing logistics and survey costs. Best practice guidelines for surveys from design to implementation, analysis and reporting will be discussed.

This course covers the essentials of modern survey methodology and analysis and is organised 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 Summer School course ‘Survey research: Statistical analysis and estimation’ (S16, 23-27 August) 

Please note that there is always the possibility that we have to change the course pending COVID19-related developments. The exact details, including a day-to-day program, will be communicated 6 weeks prior to the start of the course.

Course director

Dr. Vera Toepoel

Lecturers

Vera Toepoel (UU),  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 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 40 participants will be allowed in this course. Please note that the selection for this course will be done on a first-come-first-served basis.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of theory and practice of modern survey design. 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.

For an overview of all our summer school courses offered by the Department of Methodology and Statistics please click here.

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.

Please note that there are no graded activities included in this course. Therefore, we are not able to provide students with a transcript of grades. You will obtain a certificate upon completion of this course.

Costs

Course fee:
€620.00
Included:
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
€200.00

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.

You can choose between two options for participating in this course, but please note that there is always the possibility that we have to change the course pending COVID19-related developments: 

  1.  If you choose the livestream option, you will get a discount on the course fee since we will not provide lunch then. The lectures will be broadcasted in Central European Summer Time via a livestream (not recorded). Participants can ask questions via the chat which will be moderated by a second lecturer who will either directly answer your questions via the chat or ask your questions to the first lecturer during class. You will also receive online support during the group computer labs from our team. Additionally, Q&A sessions will be organised so you will benefit from our normal high level expertise while enjoying the class from the comfort of your own chair.
  2. If you choose the campus option, you will be able to attend the lectures and computer labs at our campus. Of course, we will follow all COVID19-guidelines that hold at the time of the start of your course. We will keep you updated about the newest developments (see also https://www.uu.nl/en/information-coronavirus). Note that, at the moment, it is unclear how many participants will be allowed in our lecture rooms. Therefore, if you register for the campus option, we will also register you for the livestream option such that you are guaranteed a spot via the livestream option (and at first, send an invoice for this option only). We will put you ‘on hold’ for the campus option until we have more information about how many participants are allowed in our lecture rooms. As soon as we hear from the university, we will contact you and send you a second invoice for the part of the fee related to catering and campus registration.

If you are interested in the campus option, let us know via a message in the application form under ‘Student Comment’.

The physical course costs €720, but if you participate via the livestream you will get a 100 euro discount. Note that if you choose the campus option, you will be asked to first pay the livestream-fee (€620) and, when we have permission from the university to actually organise classes on location, we will send a second invoice for the remainder of the fee. This way, you will be ensured to have at least a spot for the livestream.

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.

Scholarships

There are no scholarships available for this course.

More information

Irma Reyersen | E: MS.summerschool@uu.nl

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Registration

Application deadline: 31 July 2021

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