The Survey Research Laboratory is offering six intermediate webinars on survey research methodology during the spring 2015 semester. The webinars are free to University faculty, staff and students. A basic knowledge of survey research is recommended. All webinars begin at 12:00 p.m.


You will receive a reminder about the webinar for which you have registered shortly before the date. Webinar notes will be available here shortly before the webinar:

Cognitive Pretesting of Questionnaires
Wednesday, February 11

Allyson Holbrook, Associate Professor

This webinar will provide an overview of methods used to pretest questionnaires that are based on a cognitive model of the process by which respondents answer survey questions. These methods include think-aloud and more structured cognitive interviews and behavior coding.

Sampling Hard-to-Reach Populations
Wednesday, February 18

Karen Foote Retzer, Sampling Operations Supervisor

This seminar will provide an overview of available strategies for the survey sampling of hard-to-reach populations. Topics to be discussed include types of populations, probabilistic and nonprobabilistic sampling techniques, and sample frame development and availability.

Nonresponse Bias Assessment
Wednesday, February 25

Linda Owens, Assisstant Director for Sampling & Analysis

This webinar will provide an overview of survey nonresponse. Specific topics covered will include the calculation and reporting of survey response rates, the definition and consequences of nonresponse bias, some commonly used strategies for assessing the degree of non-response bias, and a summary of correlates of survey nonresponse.

Ethics in Survey Research
Wednesday, March 4

Timothy Johnson, Director

This workshop will provide an overview of ethical considerations in the conduct of survey research. Some of the topics to be discussed include informed consent, confidentiality, interviewer training & oversight, and secondary research subjects. Students, faculty, and staff on the Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses may be able to receive IRB continuing education credit for taking this webinar.

RESCHEDULED Questionnaire Design Clinic
Wednesday, April 1

Allyson Holbrook, Associate Professor

This webinar is questionnaire design by example. Participants are encouraged to submit questions or questionnaires to be used to highlight principles of questionnaire construction. After registering, submit questions or questionnaires by March 4 to Allyson Holbrook at If you do not have a questionnaire to submit for review, your attendance is still welcome. Depending on the number of questionnaires received, not all of those received may be used as examples in the workshop.


Agree-Disagree Response Formats: Problems and Alternatives
Wednesday, March 18

Sowmya Anand, Assistant Research Professor

This webinar will cover issues related to the use of agree-disagree questions in which survey respondents are asked if or how much they agree or disagree with a statement. Specifically, the webinar will discuss possible reasons why agree-disagree questions are often used, ways in which these questions negatively affect the quality of the survey data collected and possible alternatives to such items.