Free Survey Research Seminars • Chicago Campus • Fall 2013
The UIC Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) is offering six seminars on various aspects of survey research methodology this semester. The series is free to University faculty, staff and students, but attendance for each seminar is limited and advance registration is required. You may register for as many seminars as you wish through the links below.
The seminars will each be held from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m in the College of Nursing, 845 S. Damen, in Room 139. The PowerPoint presentation for each seminar will be available a day or two prior to each seminar at the following link:
Copies of these slides will not be distributed at the workshop.
Ethics in Survey Research • Thursday, September 26, 2013
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 and oversight, refusal conversion, and secondary research subjects.
Cognitive Testing • Thursday, October 3, 2013
Allyson Holbrook, Associate Professor, Public Administration and Psychology
This seminar will provide an overview of methods used to assess the cognitive processes by which respondents answer survey questions. Topics will include the cognitive steps respondents go through in order to answer survey questions, potential problems respondents may experience at each of these steps, the ways that researchers identify these problems, and solutions for addressing specific problems respondents may have with answering survey questions.
Survey Nonresponse • Thursday, October 10, 2013
Linda Owens, Assistant Director
This workshop addresses two types of nonresponse. Unit nonresponse occurs when a selected person or responding unit (e.g., business or agency) does not participate. Item nonresponse occurs when a respondent does not answer one or more survey questions or items. Each type of nonresponse will be defined and the causes and consequences of each type of nonresponse, strategies for minimizing and correcting for each type of nonresponse, and issues involved in reporting nonresponse will be discussed.
Survey Design Considerations • Thursday, October 17, 2013
Jennifer Parsons, Associate Director
What are the pros and cons of different data collection modes? How do I budget for my survey? Do I need pay respondent incentives? How long should I plan for data collection? Before you plan your next survey, attend this workshop for an overview of effective budgeting, planning, and management of your study.
Field Interviewing • Thursday, October 24, 2013
Douglas Hammer, Senior Field Coordinator
This seminar presents as overview of general techniques and procedures that apply to telephone and in-person interviews. Topics will include gaining respondent cooperation, maintaining neutrality and confidentiality, and techniques for collecting complete, accurate, and standardized data in centralized and decentralized settings.
Sampling Hard-to-Reach Populations • Thursday, November 7, 2013
Karen 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. Examples from SRL surveys will be provided.