Free Survey Research Seminars • Champaign/Urbana Campus • Spring 2014
The Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) is offering five 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 12:50 p.m. at 505 E. Green St. in Champaign, Room 201. 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.
Survey Nonresponse • Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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.
Field Interviewing • Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Linda Owens, Assistant Director and Marni Basic, 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 • Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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.
Questionnaire Design Clinic • Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Sowmya Anand, Coordinator of Research Programs
Questionnaire design by example. Participants are encouraged to submit, prior to the session, copies of previous or currently drafted questionnaires which will be used to highlight principles of questionnaire construction. After registering, submit questions or questionnaires for review no later than February 4 to Sowmya Anand at email@example.com. If you don't have a questionnaire to submit, your attendance is still welcome. Depending on the number received, they may not all be used in the seminar.
Ethics in Survey Research • Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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.