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ESRC Regional Training Centre Event - Questionnaire Design

Starts: 20 May 2008
Ends:  21 May 2008

Have you ever discovered too late that your questions did not deliver useful or useable data? Learn how to write effective survey questions and combine them into a meaningful questionnaire. This course combines suggestions from the research literature on questionnaire design with a very practical approach. It covers the special issues faced in writing factual, non-factual and sensitive questions, for both interview and self-completion modes, and also includes an introduction to various methods for testing survey questionnaires.

Course objectives:

To raise participants' awareness of the pitfalls, issues, and tradeoffs involved in writing good survey questions and questionnaires

To enable participants to critique existing survey questions and questionnaires

To provide participants with the knowledge to be able to create their own high quality survey questions and questionnaires


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Name:Caroline Biggin, CASS (Courses in Applied Social Surveys), University of Southampton

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Open To: Staff and Students