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Designing Surveys
A Guide to Decisions and Procedures

Third Edition

A step-by-step guide to conducting surveys, with an emphasis on critical thinking and views on critically assessing surveys conducted by others



© 2014 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book is a comprehensive guide to the whole survey research process. Much more than a practical 'how-to' guide, the book presents the material in a social science context which is both thorough yet accessible. It provides a timeline and follows the steps of research including preparing for, designing, and implementing survey research, and includes a section on survey ethics. After reading this book, students are well equipped to conduct their own surveys and, just as importantly, critically assess surveys done by others. The Third Edition brings the book up to date with the latest developments in online tools.
 
1. Survey Practice
 
2. Survey Error
 
3. Planning the Survey: The Hierarchy of Decisions
 
4. Data Collection I: Selecting a Method
 
5. Sampling I: Concepts of Representation and Sample Quality
 
6. Sampling II: Population Definition and Frames
 
7. Sampling III: Sample Size and Sample Design
Methodology Appendix 1: Using Models in Sampling  
 
8. Questionnaire Development I: Measurement Error and Question Writing
 
9. Questionnaire Development II: Questionnaire Structure
Methodology Appendix 2: Questionnaire Evaluation Workshop  
 
10. Questionnaire Development III: Pretesting
Methodology Appendix 3: Cognitive Interviewing Workshop  
 
11. Data Collection II: Controlling Error in Data Collection
Methodology Appendix 4: An Overview of Organization Surveys  
 
12. Post-Survey Statistical Adjustments and the Methodology Report
 
Appendix A: UM Undergraduate Student Survey
 
Appendix B: Maryland Crime Survey
 
Appendix C: AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics
 
Appendix D: Internet Resources

“This book has much to recommend it. The authors succeed in pulling off some difficult balancing acts. They manage to introduce a good deal of material in a concise package. They cover key topics in practical, accessible terms, but not in simple cookbook terms. The entire survey research process is covered in a way that helps students appreciate how steps in the process are integrated. Students will understand that survey research is research, not just a series of tasks.”

Julio Borquez
University of Michigan – Dearborn

“Many of our students do not have prior methods experience. They need a text that brings them into the methodology of the field and this one is just right. The concrete examples are especially helpful. Students tell me that this text is one that they keep and use over and over. It is the kind of text that empowers them to walk through the steps of doing their research.”

Brenda D. Phillips
Oklahoma State University

“Without fail, my students are very interested in the practical aspects of survey design and implementation. They want to understand, quickly and simply, the workflow of a survey project, how many observations they need to answer their research questions, and how much it is going to cost. Not surprisingly, then, I find the applied focus of the text very helpful. The coverage of sampling and power calculations for hypothesis testing are unique strengths. The text is accessible, practical, and concise.”

Chadwick L. Menning
Ball State University

Designing Surveys is well written and is intended for novices engaged in designing a (student) survey for the first time as well as for those with some knowledge of and experience with surveys. I would add a third group of potential readers to the list: more experienced researchers who feel the need to update and refresh their knowledge.”

                                                                —Edith D. de Leeuw, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Edith D. de Leeuw
University of Amsterdam
Edith D. de Leeuw

Excellent text for the novice or experienced researcher

Miss Tracey Barnfather
Midwifery Division, Northampton University
May 6, 2015

A useful textbook for helping our students with the design of their project research surveys.

Mr Justin Luker
Department of New Media & Technologies, Bucks New University
March 10, 2015

Its specificity in designing surveys makes it a reference manual in this area. On the other side are needed other manuals that explain what to do with the colected data.

Professor Luis Ribeiro
Radiologia, Escola Superior de Saude - U Algarve
February 12, 2015

At last a truly comprehensive guide to the process of designing and doing surveys of all types

Invaluable resource

Mr Paul Kiff
Graduate School, University of East London
February 5, 2015

Designing surveys has explored the broad principles for sampling and has addressed representative sampling issues. Researchers at all levels stand to benefit from reading the areas of the book that are applicable to their survey design.

Ms Emma Etuk
St Bart's Schl of Nursing & Midwifery, City University
December 19, 2014

Recommended reading for any student (or tutor!) planning a survey for their research dissertations. An excellent guide.

Dr Adrian Hunnisett
Research, McTimoney College of Chiropractic
May 21, 2014

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