Survey Questions

Handcrafting the Standardized Questionnaire

Author: Jean M. Converse,Stanley Presser

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803927438

Category: Reference

Page: 80

View: 5600

Survey Questions is a highly readable guide to the principles of writing survey questions. The authors review recent research on survey questions, consider the lore of professional experience and finally present those findings which have the strongest implications on writing these questions.
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Introduction to Survey Sampling

Author: Graham Kalton,KALTON

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803921269

Category: Mathematics

Page: 96

View: 8994

Reviews sampling methods used in surveys: simple random sampling, systematic sampling, stratification, cluster and multi-stage sampling, sampling with probability proportional to size, two-phase sampling, replicated sampling, panel designs, and non-probability sampling. Kalton discusses issues of practical implementation, including frame problems and non-response, and gives examples of sample designs for a national face-to-face interview survey and for a telephone survey. He also treats the use of weights in survey analysis, the computation of sampling errors with complex sampling designs, and the determination of sample size.
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Translating Questionnaires and Other Research Instruments

Problems and Solutions

Author: Orlando Behling,Kenneth S. Law

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761918240

Category: Reference

Page: 70

View: 1117

This book covers the essential information needed to understand the problems involved in translating existing questionnaires and other paper and pencil instruments from one language to another as well as to apply methods for dealing with them. It shows researchers how to identify the problems (comparison of parameters, nomological nets, and semantic problems) with an existing instrument; how to solve each of these problems with step-by-step guidelines; and techniques for reconstructing an instrument or designing an original one to use with different cultural groups. This book will provide researchers with a guide for construction of cross-national survey instruments.
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Secondary Analysis of Survey Data

Author: K. Jill Kiecolt,Laura E. Nathan

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803923027

Category: Social Science

Page: 88

View: 7575

Secondary analysis has assumed a central position in social science research as existing survey data and statistical computing programmes have become increasingly available. This volume presents strategies for locating survey data and provides a comprehensive guide to US social science data archives, describing several major data files. The book also reviews research designs for secondary analysis.
Posted in Social Science

Information Theory

Structural Models for Qualitative Data

Author: Klaus Krippendorff

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803921320

Category: Social Science

Page: 96

View: 8976

Krippendorff introduces social scientists to information theory and explains its application for structural modeling. He discusses key topics such as: how to confirm an information theory model; its use in exploratory research; and how it compares with other approaches such as network analysis, path analysis, chi square and analysis of variance. Information Theory simplifies and clarifies a complex but powerful statistical method for analysing multivariate qualitative data. It will serve both as a textbook and as a sourcebook for researchers in communication theory, information theory and systems theory.
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Confirmatory Factor Analysis

A Preface to LISREL

Author: J. Scott Long

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452214344

Category: Social Science

Page: 88

View: 3947

A statistical method that will appeal to two groups in particular - those who are currently using the more traditional technique of exploratory factor analysis and those who are interested in the analysis of covariance structures, commonly known as the LISREL model. The first group will find that this technique may be more appropriate to the analysis of their research problems while the second group will find that confirmatory factor analysis is a useful first step to understanding the LISREL model. This book, and its companion volume, Covariance Structure Models, are designed to be read consecutively. The proofs presented are simple, but the reader must feel comfortable with matrix algebra in order to understand the model.
Posted in Social Science

Social research methods

Author: Mark Abrahamson

Publisher: Prentice Hall


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 413

View: 7427

Posted in Business & Economics

Designing Effective Web Surveys

Author: Mick Couper

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521889456

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 398

View: 9980

Designing Effective Web Surveys is a practical guide to designing Web surveys, based on empirical evidence and grounded in scientific research and theory. It is designed to guide survey practitioners in the art and science of developing and deploying successful Web surveys. It is not intended as a "cook book"; rather it is meant to get the reader to think about why we need to pay attention to design. It is intended for academic, government, and market researchers who design and conduct Web surveys.
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Standardized Survey Interviewing

Minimizing Interviewer-Related Error

Author: Floyd J. Fowler, Jr.,Thomas W. Mangione

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803930933

Category: Reference

Page: 151

View: 6935

A practical guide to producing standardized, and reliable, interviews, this volume represents a blending of social science theories of interviewing dynamics, the authors' own extensive research on interview-related error and research evidence from other prominent methodologists.
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Methods for Testing and Evaluating Survey Questionnaires

Author: Stanley Presser,Jennifer M. Rothgeb,Mick P. Couper,Judith T. Lessler,Elizabeth Martin,Jean Martin,Eleanor Singer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471654735

Category: Mathematics

Page: 624

View: 1608

The definitive resource for survey questionnaire testing and evaluation Over the past two decades, methods for the development, evaluation, and testing of survey questionnaires have undergone radical change. Research has now begun to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various testing and evaluation methods, as well as to estimate the methods’ reliability and validity. Expanding and adding to the research presented at the International Conference on Questionnaire Development, Evaluation and Testing Methods, this title presents the most up-to-date knowledge in this burgeoning field. The only book dedicated to the evaluation and testing of survey questionnaires, this practical reference work brings together the expertise of over fifty leading, international researchers from a broad range of fields. The volume is divided into seven sections: Cognitive interviews Mode of administration Supplements to conventional pretests Special populations Experiments Multi-method applications Statistical modeling Comprehensive and carefully edited, this groundbreaking text offers researchers a solid foundation in the latest developments in testing and evaluating survey questionnaires, as well as a thorough introduction to emerging techniques and technologies.
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Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

Author: Kathryn E. Newcomer,Harry P. Hatry,Joseph S. Wholey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118893697

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 912

View: 4280

The leading program evaluation reference, updated with the latest tools and techniques The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation provides tools for managers and evaluators to address questions about the performance of public and nonprofit programs. Neatly integrating authoritative, high-level information with practicality and readability, this guide gives you the tools and processes you need to analyze your program's operations and outcomes more accurately. This new fourth edition has been thoroughly updated and revised, with new coverage of the latest evaluation methods, including: Culturally responsive evaluation Adopting designs and tools to evaluate multi-service community change programs Using role playing to collect data Using cognitive interviewing to pre-test surveys Coding qualitative data You'll discover robust analysis methods that produce a more accurate picture of program results, and learn how to trace causality back to the source to see how much of the outcome can be directly attributed to the program. Written by award-winning experts at the top of the field, this book also contains contributions from the leading evaluation authorities among academics and practitioners to provide the most comprehensive, up-to-date reference on the topic. Valid and reliable data constitute the bedrock of accurate analysis, and since funding relies more heavily on program analysis than ever before, you cannot afford to rely on weak or outdated methods. This book gives you expert insight and leading edge tools that help you paint a more accurate picture of your program's processes and results, including: Obtaining valid, reliable, and credible performance data Engaging and working with stakeholders to design valuable evaluations and performance monitoring systems Assessing program outcomes and tracing desired outcomes to program activities Providing robust analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data Governmental bodies, foundations, individual donors, and other funding bodies are increasingly demanding information on the use of program funds and program results. The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation shows you how to collect and present valid and reliable data about programs.
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Modern Public Information Technology Systems: Issues and Challenges

Issues and Challenges

Author: Garson, G. David

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1599040530

Category: Computers

Page: 420

View: 6770

Examines the most important dimensions of managing IT in the public sector and explores the impact of IT on governmental accountability and distribution of power, the implications of privatization as an IT business model, and the global governance of IT.
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Surveys in Social Research

Author: David de Vaus

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136996311

Category: Social Science

Page: 422

View: 8925

This work provides advice on how to plan, conduct and analyze social surveys. It emphasizes the links between theory and research, the logic and interpretation of statistics, and the practices of social research. The fifth edition includes a new chapter on ethics and a glossary. It assumes no background in statistical analysis, and gives readers the tools they need to come to grips with this often confusing field.
Posted in Social Science

The Logic of Causal Order

Author: James A. Davis

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803925533

Category: Medical

Page: 72

View: 2580

This monograph is not statistical. It looks instead at pre-statistical assumptions about dependent variables and causal order. Professor Davis spells out the logical principles that underlie our ideas of causality and explains how to discover causal direction, irrespective of the statistical technique used. He stresses throughout that knowledge of the "real world" is important and repeatedly challenges the myth that causal problems can be solved by statistical calculations alone.
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Constructing Social Theories

Author: Arthur L. Stinchcombe

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226774848

Category: Social Science

Page: 303

View: 4603

Constructing Social Theories presents to the reader a range of strategies for constructing theories, and in a clear, rigorous, and imaginative manner, illustrates how they can be applied. Arthur L. Stinchcombe argues that theories should not be invented in the abstract—or applied a priori to a problem—but should be dictated by the nature of the data to be explained. This work was awarded the Sorokin prize by the American Sociological Association as the book that made an outstanding contribution to the progress of sociology in 1970.
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Applied Statistics: From Bivariate Through Multivariate Techniques

From Bivariate Through Multivariate Techniques

Author: Rebecca M. Warner

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 141299134X

Category: Mathematics

Page: 1172

View: 4079

Rebecca M. Warner's Applied Statistics: From Bivariate Through Multivariate Techniques, Second Edition provides a clear introduction to widely used topics in bivariate and multivariate statistics, including multiple regression, discriminant analysis, MANOVA, factor analysis, and binary logistic regression. The approach is applied and does not require formal mathematics; equations are accompanied by verbal explanations. Students are asked to think about the meaning of equations. Each chapter presents a complete empirical research example to illustrate the application of a specific method. Although SPSS examples are used throughout the book, the conceptual material will be helpful for users of different programs. Each chapter has a glossary and comprehension questions.
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Asking Questions

The Definitive Guide to Questionnaire Design -- For Market Research, Political Polls, and Social and Health Questionnaires

Author: Norman M. Bradburn,Seymour Sudman,Brian Wansink

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119214769

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 448

View: 9280

Since it was first published more than twenty-five years ago, Asking Questions has become a classic guide for designing questionnaires¾the most widely used method for collecting information about people?s attitudes and behavior. An essential tool for market researchers advertisers, pollsters, and social scientists, this thoroughly updated and definitive work combines time-proven techniques with the most current research, findings, and methods. The book presents a cognitive approach to questionnaire design and includes timely information on the Internet and electronic resources. Comprehensive and concise, Asking Questions can be used to design questionnaires for any subject area, whether administered by telephone, online, mail, in groups, or face-to-face. The book describes the design process from start to finish and is filled with illustrative examples from actual surveys.
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Improving Survey Questions

Design and Evaluation

Author: Floyd J. Fowler

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803945838

Category: Social Science

Page: 191

View: 5697

What is a good question? Although there are several potential sources for error in survey data, the validity of surveys is dependent upon the design of the question asked. This invaluable book shows how to word and format questions that will evoke the kind of answers for which they are designed and how to evaluate empirically survey questions. In addition, the book covers how to write good questions aimed at collecting information about objective facts and events, measuring subjective phenomena, some alternative methods for attacking common measurement problems, how to evaluate the extent to which questions are consistently understood and administered, and how to evaluate the data resulting from a set of questions.
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How to Conduct In-Person Interviews for Surveys

Author: Sabine Mertens Oishi

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761925705

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 8412

′The discussion of qualitative interviewing is a good addition, and the discussion of translating survey questions is very good.′′′Juanita M. Firestone, University of Texas, San Antonio′′′′′The security of data and the transitions sections are very useful for students.′′′Dan Johnson, University of North Carolina, Wilmington′′′′′′When should you use an in-person interview for a survey? How do you train the interviewers as well as the programmers for computer-assisted interviews (CAPI)? How do you deal with refusals to be interviewed? Aimed at answering these questions and more, this carefully written, friendly book will help you prepare and administer effective in-person survey interviews. Beginning with the administrative considerations involved in setting up in-person interviews, Oishi explains how to: write interview questions from a flowing interview script with appropriated placed transition statements through to the preparation of useful visual aids; design an eligibility screen; write preletters and scripts for a precall; develop job descriptions for interviewers as well as design interviewer training sessions; record and correct response errors in paper and CAPI interviews; and, clean the data. Completely revised, the book also includes coverage of: ′′+ Cultural considerations for in-person interviews′′+ Translation of interviews into other languages′′+ Differences in quantitative and qualitative interview styles′′+ How to train CAPI interviews as well as the program instructions′′+ Expanded coverage of the role of the supervisor, including a sample of a full training manual′′+ Methods for creating an appropriate environment for in-person interviews, including how to dress and talk to people′′+ Updated coverage of informed consent, including a sample of a consent form′′′′′′′The text is very readable and conveys a tremendous amount of information. There is good use of checklists that are clear, easy to read and appropriate as well as good examples. The references to the literature provide good resources for those who need more.′′′Carol J. Lancaster, Medical University of South Carolina′′′′
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