Course: Issues in Survey Research Design
|1||Overview of Course and the Survey Design Process||Groves, et al. Chapters 1-2|
|2||Choosing Your Own Survey Research Project
Class Preparation Questions: Describe a research question you would like to explore in this class and any initial thoughts you have about the survey that you would like to do or any special design challenges you already see ahead?
|Groves, et al. Chapter 11|
|Module 1: From Whom Should You Collect Information?|
|3||Selecting Target Population and Sampling Frame
Class Preparation Questions: What is (are) the unit(s) of analysis for your study? To what population would you like to generalize findings?
|Groves, et al. Chapters 3-4
Examples of Sample Designs: Read one of the examples below.
Herbenick D, Michael R, Schick V, Sanders S.A., Dodge B, & Fortenberry, J.D. Sexual Behavior in the United States: Results from a National Probability Sample of Men and Women Ages 14ï¿½94. J Sex Med 2010;7(suppl 5):255ï¿½265
Class Preparation Questions: Are there hard to reach populations that are of interest to you? How might you collect sufficient information from them?
|Heckathorn DD, Semaan S, Broadhead R, Hughes JJ. Extensions of Respondent Driven Sampling: A New Approach to the Study of Injection Drug Users Aged 18-25. AIDS and Behavior. 2002;6:55-67
Robinson, WT, Risser JMH, McGoy S, Becker AB, Rehman H, Jefferson M, Griffin V, Wolverton M. and Tortu S. Recruiting Injection Drug Users: A Three Site Comparison of Results and Experiences with Respondent Driven and Targeted Sampling Procedures.
Class Preparation Questions: How big a problem will non-response be? How could you minimize non-response?
|Groves, et al. Chapter 6
Read at least one of the selections below.
|6||Discussion of Class Participants' Sample Plans||No Reading|
|Module 2: How Should Information Be Collected?|
|7||Overview and Face-to-Face Interviewing
Class Preparation: What if you chose to use face-to-face interviewing to collect data, what would be the advantages versus disadvantages?
|Groves, et al. Chapter 5|
Class Preparation Questions: What if you chose to use face to face or telephone interviewing to collect data, what would be the advantages versus disadvantages?
Groves R. (1990) Theories and methods of telephone surveys Annual Review of Sociology 16:221-240.
Read one of the following.
|9||Mail, Self-Administered, Web-based Questionnaires
Class Preparation Questions: What if you chose to use mail or web-based surveys to collect data, what would be the advantages versus disadvantages?
|Chang L, Krosnick JA (2009). National Surveys via RDD Telephone Interviewing versus the Internet: Comparing Sample Representativeness and Response Quality. Public Opinion Quarterly 73(4):641-678
Read one of the following articles.
|10||Computer Assisted Interviewing
Class Preparation Questions: What if you chose to use computer assisted interviewing to collect data, what would be the advantages versus disadvantages?
|Tourangeau R, Smith TW (1996). Asking sensitive questions: The impact of data collection mode, question format, and question context. Public Opinion Quarterly 60(2): 275-304.
Read one of the following articles:
Perlis T, Jarlais D, Friedman S, Arasteh K (2004). Audio-computerized self-interviewing versus face-to-face interviewing for research data collection at drug abuse treatment programs. Addiction 99(7), 885-96
Villarroel MA, Turner CF, Eggleston E, Al-Tayib A, Rogers S, Roman AM, Cooley PC and Gordek, H. (2006) Same-Gender Sex in the United States: Impact of T-ACASI Public Opinion Quarterly. 70(2), 166-196.
|11||Discussion of Class Participants' Sampling and Data Collection Proposals||No Reading|
|Module 3: Constructing the Instrument|
|12||Instrument Construction: Events
Class Preparation Questions What will your main outcome and independent variables be? How will your measures be influenced by your data collection strategy and the people you are studying?
|Groves, et al. Chapter 7
Read one of the following:
|13||Instrument Construction: Opinions
Class Preparation Questions What types of variables are your main outcome and independent variables? Attitudes, Knowledge, Behavior,Events, Demographic Characteristics or what? What problems may respondent face trying to answer questions about these variables?
|Schaeffer NC, Presser S (2003). The Science of Asking Questions. Annual Review of Sociology. 65-88.
Read one of the following:
|14||Evaluating Survey Questions
Class Preparation Questions: How will your measures maximize the quality of the information collected?
|Groves, et al. Chapter 8|
|15||Discussion of Class Participants' Instruments||No Reading|
Class Preparation Questions: What management and implementation strategies do you plan to use to ensure the quality of your data?
|Groves, et al. Chapter 9|