Conducting Survey Research in the Social Sciences

Author: Isadore Newman,Keith A. McNeil
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761812272
Category: Social Science
Page: 103
View: 1744
Conducting Survey Research in the Social Sciences presents basic concepts and general guidelines for those who are interested in conducting a survey by breaking the process down into eight steps and twenty-three questions. It outlines the appropriate sequential steps necessary to help the reader initiate and develop a survey. Following each of the eight steps as depicted in the eight chapters and answering the questions provided enables the creation of an effective survey. The authors also include three fictitious vignettes to illustrate how the decisions should be made, and how proper survey research should be conducted to meet many different needs.

Survey Research in the Social Sciences

Author: Charles Y. Glock,John Bennett
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
ISBN: 1610448413
Category: Social Science
Page: 568
View: 390
Survey research was for a long time thought of primarily as a sociological tool. It is relatively recently that this research method has been adopted by other social sciences and related professional disciplines. The amount and quality of its use, however, vary considerably from field to field. This volume describes the elementary logic of survey design and analysis and provides, for each discipline, an evaluation of how survey research has been used and conceivably may be used to deal with the central problems of each field.

Handbook of Survey Methodology for the Social Sciences

Author: Lior Gideon
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461438764
Category: Social Science
Page: 520
View: 5703
Surveys enjoy great ubiquity among data collection methods in social research: they are flexible in questioning techniques, in the amount of questions asked, in the topics covered, and in the various ways of interactions with respondents. Surveys are also the preferred method by many researchers in the social sciences due to their ability to provide quick profiles and results. Because they are so commonly used and fairly easy to administer, surveys are often thought to be easily thrown together. But designing an effective survey that yields reliable and valid results takes more than merely asking questions and waiting for the answers to arrive. Geared to the non-statistician, the Handbook of Survey Methodology in Social Sciences addresses issues throughout all phases of survey design and implementation. Chapters examine the major survey methods of data collection, providing expert guidelines for asking targeted questions, improving accuracy and quality of responses, while reducing sampling and non-sampling bias. Relying on the Total Survey Error theory, various issues of both sampling and non-sampling sources of error are explored and discussed. By covering all aspects of the topic, the Handbook is suited to readers taking their first steps in survey methodology, as well as to those already involved in survey design and execution, and to those currently in training. Featured in the Handbook: • The Total Survey Error: sampling and non-sampling errors. • Survey sampling techniques. • The art of question phrasing. • Techniques for increasing response rates • A question of ethics: what is allowed in survey research? • Survey design: face-to-face, phone, mail, e-mail, online, computer-assisted.? • Dealing with sensitive issues in surveys. • Demographics of respondents: implications for future survey research. • Dealing with nonresponse, and nonresponse bias The Handbook of Survey Methodology in Social Sciences offers how-to clarity for researchers in the social and behavioral sciences and related disciplines, including sociology, criminology, criminal justice, social psychology, education, public health, political science, management, and many other disciplines relying on survey methodology as one of their main data collection tools.

Social Research in Developing Countries

Surveys and Censuses in the Third World
Author: Martin Bulmer,Donald P. Warwick
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9781857281378
Category: Social Science
Page: 383
View: 1286
Deals with particular problems of carrying out social surveys and censuses in the Third World. Research design, sampling, data collection and the social context of research are discussed.

Survey Research

The Basics
Author: Keith Punch
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761947059
Category: Social Science
Page: 123
View: 7237
This book focuses on small-scale quantitative surveys studying the relationships between variables. After showing the central place of the quantitative survey in social science research methodology, it then takes a simple model of the survey, describes its elements and gives a set of steps and guidelines for implementing each element.

A Telescope on Society

Survey Research and Social Science at the University of Michigan and Beyond
Author: James S. House
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472068487
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 490
View: 5333
Maps the development of social science in the twentieth century through the instrument of survey research

Survey Research in the United States

Roots and Emergence 1890-1960
Author: Jean M. Converse
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351487418
Category: Social Science
Page: 599
View: 404
Hardly an American today escapes being polled or surveyed or sampled. In this illuminating history, Jean Converse shows how survey research came to be perhaps the single most important development in twentieth-century social science. Everyone interested in survey methods and public opinion, including social scientists in many fi elds, will find this volume a major resource.Converse traces the beginnings of survey research in the practical worlds of politics and business, where elite groups sought information so as to infl uence mass democratic publics and markets. During the Depression and World War II, the federal government played a major role in developing surveys on a national scale. In the 1940s certain key individuals with academic connections and experience in polling, business, or government research brought surveys into academic life. By the 1960s, what was initially viewed with suspicion had achieved a measure of scientific acceptance of survey research.The author draws upon a wealth of material in archives, interviews, and published work to trace the origins of the early organizations (the Bureau of Applied Social Research, the National Opinion Research Center, and the Survey Research Center of Michigan), and to capture the perspectives of front-line fi gures such as Paul Lazarsfeld, George Gallup, Elmo Roper, and Rensis Likert. She writes with sensitivity and style, revealing how academic survey research, along with its commercial and political cousins, came of age in the United States.

Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences

A Practical Introduction with Examples in SPSS and Stata
Author: Daniel Stockemer
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319991183
Category: Social Science
Page: 181
View: 1366
This textbook offers an essential introduction to survey research and quantitative methods. Building on the premise that statistical methods need to be learned in a practical fashion, the book guides students through the various steps of the survey research process and helps to apply those steps toward a real example. In detail, the textbook introduces students to the four pillars of survey research and quantitative analysis: (1) the importance of survey research, (2) preparing a survey, (3) conducting a survey and (4) analyzing a survey. Students are shown how to create their own questionnaire based on some theoretically derived hypotheses to achieve empirical findings for a solid dataset. Lastly, they use said data to test their hypotheses in a bivariate and multivariate realm. The book explains the theory, rationale and mathematical foundations of these tests. In addition, it provides clear instructions on how to conduct the tests in SPSS and Stata. Given the breadth of its coverage, the textbook is suitable for introductory statistics, survey research or quantitative methods classes in the social sciences.

Doing Social Science Research

Author: Simeon Yates
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761967989
Category: Social Science
Page: 293
View: 2267
Providing an introductory overview of the process of social research, and including classic readings in research methods that all students and researchers should be familiar with, this text offers a comprehensive introduction to key areas of quantitative and qualitative research.

The Social Survey in Historical Perspective, 1880-1940

Author: Martin Bulmer,Kevin Bales,Kathryn Kish Sklar
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521363349
Category: Social Science
Page: 383
View: 6879
This 2001 book traces the history of the social Survey in Britain and the US, with two chapters on Germany and France. It discusses the aims and interests of those who carried out early surveys, and the links between the social survey and the growth of empirical social science.


Publisher: PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN: 8120345959
Category: Social Science
Page: 152
View: 8175
Health education plays a pivotal role in creating awareness among the masses, and survey research in public health forms an integral part of the subject. This book is a step-by-step study guide to educate the researchers and the students on how to conduct health surveys and prepare the reports. The book begins with a discussion on health research and its importance. It then moves on to the sensitive, yet most important health research areas like Child Health, Adolescent Health, Women Health, Communicable diseases and Non-communicable diseases, by citing their sample reports. The examples are cited to explain the methods of data collection, research strategies and problem formulation strategies, besides illustrating the methodologies of sample design, analysis design, and field data collection. The book also helps in learning the advanced tools to conduct researches like SPSS statistics software and EpiInfo software. The concluding chapter shows how to write a report skillfully and in an organised manner. The book is intended for the postgraduate students of Public Health, Management, and Social Work. KEY FEATURES : Easy language and simple presentation Sample Examples taken from the Real-Life cases Chapter-end Questions to judge Students knowledge on the subject

Investigating the Social World with SPSS Student Version 14.0

The Process and Practice of Research
Author: Russell Schutt
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 9781412927376
Category: Social Science
Page: 515
View: 9066
Praise for the Fourth Edition: `I think this volume is a good textbook and, if I were teaching a research methods subject, I would consider using it as a core text. The extensive study aids are a particularly attractive aspect of the book as a teaching pool′ - Qualitative Research Journal The continuingly updated and expanded Investigating the Social World, now in its Fifth Edition, is written so that the `doing′ of social research is closely and consistently linked to important social issues, demonstrating not only the value of research, but also how technique and substance are intimately related. The text offers guides for critiquing research articles, exercises for applying research skills and the examples of analyzing and reporting social data provide instructors with key supports for effective teaching. Ethical concerns and ethical decision making are treated in tandem with each study of specific methods and an emphasis on `how to do′ research is joined with an equal emphasis on giving students the critical skills necessary to evaluate research done by others.

Feminist Measures in Survey Research

Author: Catherine E. Harnois
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412988357
Category: Social Science
Page: 164
View: 3679
Feminist Measures in Survey Research book offers a new approach for doing quantitative feminist research, demonstrating how a feminist perspective can inform virtually every aspect of the research process, from survey design, to statistical modeling, to the theoretical frameworks used to interpret results. Catherine E. Harnois makes feminist theory, particularly multiracial feminist theory, accessible and relevant to survey researchers. She assists students and researchers in incorporating these theories into survey design and analysis and shows how they this can offer substantive insights into the social world that have been underutilized to date by survey researchers.

Survey Research

In-person, Mail, Telephone and Web Methods
Author: Joseph J. Leon
Publisher: Streamline Surveys Inc.
ISBN: 9780966816518
Category: Social sciences
Page: 186
View: 7538
This book is written in a user-friendly style for persons in business, government and non-profit organizations who want to write and/or execute a survey using either the in-person, mail, telephone or web methods or who want a good grounding in survey research methods without all the jargon. A short introduction to survey research is provided in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 focuses on ethics using examples from national and international professional associations. Chapter 3 describes how to propose a survey within an organization and provides examples. Chapter 4 focuses on probability sampling methods used in survey research. Chapters 5 to 8 show how to develop and field a survey using the mail, in-person, telephone and the web and provides example question formats, overall questionnaire design and cover letters for each method. Chapters 9 and 10 show one how to do data entry and data analysis (frequencies, crosstabulations and multiple regression). The next to the last chapter shows how to present your results using charts, and the final chapter provides a sample research report. Advanced sources are recommended for those who want to specialize in survey research or subfields of sampling and/or data analysis.

Design, Evaluation, and Analysis of Questionnaires for Survey Research

Author: Willem E. Saris,Irmtraud N. Gallhofer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470165188
Category: Mathematics
Page: 384
View: 1669

The Palgrave Handbook of Survey Research

Author: David L. Vannette,Jon A. Krosnick
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319543954
Category: Political Science
Page: 676
View: 9876
This handbook is a comprehensive reference guide for researchers, funding agencies and organizations engaged in survey research. Drawing on research from a world-class team of experts, this collection addresses the challenges facing survey-based data collection today as well as the potential opportunities presented by new approaches to survey research, including in the development of policy. It examines innovations in survey methodology and how survey scholars and practitioners should think about survey data in the context of the explosion of new digital sources of data. The Handbook is divided into four key sections: the challenges faced in conventional survey research; opportunities to expand data collection; methods of linking survey data with external sources; and, improving research transparency and data dissemination, with a focus on data curation, evaluating the usability of survey project websites, and the credibility of survey-based social science. Chapter 23 of this book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at

Surveys in Social Research

Author: David de Vaus
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136996311
Category: Social Science
Page: 422
View: 1760
This work provides advice on how to plan, conduct and analyze social surveys. It emphasizes the links between theory and research, the logic and interpretation of statistics, and the practices of social research. The fifth edition includes a new chapter on ethics and a glossary. It assumes no background in statistical analysis, and gives readers the tools they need to come to grips with this often confusing field.

Survey Research and Public Attitudes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union

Pergamon Policy Studies on International Politics
Author: William A. Welsh
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 1483189732
Category: Social Science
Page: 590
View: 391
Survey Research and Public Attitudes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union is a collection of research studies the survey’s the opinions of demographics from Eastern Europe on socialists systems. The title analyzes the development of survey research in the socialist systems of Eastern Europe to provide an overview of the nature of socialist countries. The territories covered in the selection are Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Germany Democratic Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. The book will be of great interest to sociologists, political scientists, economists, and behavioral scientists.

Research Design

The Logic of Social Inquiry
Author: John M. Bynner,Keith M. Stribley
Publisher: AldineTransaction
ISBN: 1412843847
Category: Social Science
Page: 354
View: 7055
Research Design: The Logic of Social Inquiry is a collection of critical writings on different aspects of social research. They have been carefully selected for the variety of approaches they display in relation to three broad styles of research: experimental, survey, and ethnographic. All are classic contributions to the development of methodology and excellent expositions of particular procedures. The book is organized in sections that detail the methods of a typical experimental research program design, data collection, and data analysis. These five sections include The Language of Social Research, Research Design, Data Collection, Measurement, and Data Analysis and Report. Each is preceded by an introduction stressing the unique strengths of the different viewpoints represented and reconciling them in one coherent approach to research. The volume includes displays of philosophical underpinnings of different methodological styles and important issues in research design. Data collection methods, particularly the problem of systematic bias in the data collected, and ways in which researchers may attempt to reduce it, are discussed. There is also a discussion on measurement in which the central issues of reliability, validity, and scale construction are detailed. This kind of synthesis, between such diverse schools of research as the experimentalists and the ethnographers, is of particular concern to social researchers. The book will be of great value to planners and researchers in local government and education departments and to all others engaged in social science or educational research.

Survey Research

Author: Roger Sapsford
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446204081
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
View: 1441
This much-anticipated Second Edition presents an informative and accessible account of survey research. It guides the reader through the main theoretical and practical aspects of the subject and illustrates the application of survey methods through examples. Thoroughly revised and updated, it presents: Concise and analytic coverage of multivariate analysis techniques A new chapter giving theoretical and practical advice on the stages involved in constructing scales to measure attitude or personality An account of using materials on the internet Concise introductions and summaries to all chapters This book will prove to be equally useful for students conducting small research projects in the social sciences or related professional/applied areas, researchers planning systematic data collection for applied purposes and policy makers who want to understand and analyse the research with whose conclusions they are presented.