This course develops an understanding of all of the key areas of survey methodology, from data collection to sampling, to questionnaire design and testing, to the analysis of subsequent data. In the first week the course describes the different data collection methods that are used in surveys, focusing on comparisons of major modes (face-to-face, telephone, and mail) and alternative methods of data collection (diaries, administrative records, direct observation, etc.). In the second week we address different aspects of questionnaire design and question testing, providing hands-on experience of designing questionnaires and survey questions. In the final week we consider how to analyse survey data, covering regression and latent variable modelling.
The instructors are from the LSE’s Methodology Institute, the University of Michigan’s Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, and National Centre for Social Research’s (NatCen) Questionnaire Development and Testing Hub. The course is aimed at graduate students, early career academic researchers, researchers in the public and private sector, and managers/commissioners of research in the public, private and third sectors. Some background in basic quantitative analysis (such as descriptive statistics, statistical inference and simple linear regression) is helpful and expected, but no further specific knowledge is required.
Further details can be found here (http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/summerSchools/summerSchool/courses/Survey%20Methods.aspx) or by contacting Jonathan Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0044 207
Applications to the Summer School can be made here (http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/summerSchools/summerSchool/applying/Home.aspx).