Collecting, Managing, and Assessing Data Using Sample Surveys

Collecting, Managing, and Assessing Data Using Sample Surveys

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Collecting, Managing, and Assessing Data Using Sample Surveys provides a thorough, step-by-step guide to the design and implementation of surveys. Beginning with a primer on basic statistics, the first half of the book takes readers on a comprehensive tour through the basics of survey design. Topics covered include the ethics of surveys, the design of survey procedures, the design of the survey instrument, how to write questions and how to draw representative samples. Having shown readers how to design surveys, the second half of the book discusses a number of issues surrounding their implementation, including repetitive surveys, the economics of surveys, web-based surveys, coding and data entry, data expansion and weighting, the issue of non-response, and the documenting and archiving of survey data. The book is an excellent introduction to the use of surveys for graduate students as well as a useful reference work for scholars and more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 82 b/w illus. 70 tables
  • 1139215930
  • 9781139215930

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'Drawing on the author's wealth of knowledge and experience, this excellent book provides a comprehensive treatment of every aspect involved in preparing for, carrying out, cleaning and archiving data from a population survey. It is very clearly written, fully illustrated and enables the reader to jump the learning curve.' Peter Jones, University College London 'Data are fundamental to our understanding and stewardship of the world around us. Peter Stopher's new book is an extensive, accessible and highly informative reference work for those engaged in data acquisition from human subjects. Covering all aspects of survey design and distribution, data management and archiving, this unique treatise is more comprehensive than one can find elsewhere. Offering something new for the most accomplished of data gatherers, this book serves as a remarkable reference, as well as a textbook.' Kara Kockelman, University of Texas, Austin 'This is a 'must have' reference for all people who want to design, conduct and/or communicate market research. It addresses material that builds on more traditional texts but adds value in many ways. In particular, it sheds light on the critical importance of correct sampling and valid questionnaire design as the core of good research. Peter Stopher leaves no stone unturned in his quest to ensure that researchers understand what is needed in their planning, execution and delivery. He provides a comprehensive, rigorous and evidence-based coverage of the basics of survey methodology, with enough nuggets of more advanced and often-neglected topics to be of interest to the experienced practitioner.' Philip Mitchell-Taverner, Taverner Researchshow more

Table of contents

List of figures; List of tables; 1. Introduction; 2. Basic statistics and probability; 3. Basic issues in surveys; 4. Ethics of surveys of human populations; 5. Design a survey; 6. Methods for conducting surveys of human populations; 7. Focus groups; 8. Design of survey instruments; 9. Design of questions and question wording; 10. Special issues for qualitative and preference surveys; 11. Design of data collection procedures; 12. Pilot surveys and pretests; 13. Sample design and sampling; 14. Repetitive surveys; 15. Survey economics; 16. Survey implementation; 17. Web-based surveys; 18. Coding and data entry; 19. Data expansion and weighting; 20. Nonresponse; 21. Measuring data quality; 22. Future directions in survey procedures; 23. Documenting and archiving; References; more