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Free Seminars on Survey Research - Spring 2004

The Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) is offering three intermediate seminars on survey research methodology during the spring 2004 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 one, two, or all three seminars. Each seminar will be held from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. and led by senior SRL staff (locations listed below).

To register, send e-mail to or call 333-4273. When registering, please be sure to include your full name, e-mail address, department, and whether you are a faculty member, staff, or a student. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Notes for individual seminars will be available online just prior to each seminar.

A basic understanding of survey research methods is recommended as a prerequisite.

Dates and topics are:

February 4, 2004 (Wednesday) - Selecting Socioeconomic Measures for Survey Research
Timothy Johnson
This workshop will review conceptual and practical considerations in selecting measures of respondent, household, and community socioeconomic status for use in social and behavioral surveys. Common measures will be examined, along with the strengths and weaknesses of each, and common mistakes made in the collection of these data. Recommended strategies for the collection of socioeconomic data will be discussed as well. 196 Lincoln Hall.  Go to notes/overheads.

February 13, 2004 (Friday) - Questionnaire Design Clinic
Allyson Holbrook 
The Questionnaire Design Clinic is questionnaire design by example. Participants are encouraged to submit, prior to the session, copies of previous or currently drafted questionnaires that will be used as examples to highlight principles of question and response wording, type, and order; and questionnaire formatting. After registering for this session, submit questions or questionnaires for review by February 6 to Allyson Holbrook, Survey Research Laboratory, CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria St., MC 336, CHICAGO CAMPUS (or via e-mail at  196 Lincoln Hall.  There are no notes/overheads for this seminar.

March 3, 2004 (Wednesday) - Secondary Analysis of Survey Data
Young Ik Cho
This seminar will provide practical knowledge about how to correctly analyze publicly available survey data files. The basics of survey data analysis, including techniques for data screening and adjustment for complex survey designs, will be addressed. Suggestions for additional topics of interest can be sent to Young Ik Cho, Survey Research Laboratory, MC 336, CHICAGO CAMPUS (or via e-mail at 196 Lincoln Hall .  Go to notes/overheads.

Last updated February 4, 2004.

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