Survey Research Methods Webinars Spring 2018

The Survey Research Laboratory is offering two webinars on survey research methodology during the Spring 2018 semester. The webinars are free to University faculty, staff and students. All webinars begin at 12:00 p.m.

ADVANCE ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

You will receive a reminder about the webinar for which you have registered shortly before the date. Webinar notes will be available here shortly before the webinar.

Introduction to Survey Sampling
Wednesday, February 14, noon

Presenter: Linda Owens

This webinar will cover the basics of sampling methodology: the importance of using proper sampling techniques, determining the appropriate sampling methodology, and calculating necessary sample sizes. The discussion also will include simple random sampling, cluster sampling, stratified sampling, and multistage samples.

Introduction to Questionnaire Design
Wednesday, February 21, noon

Presenter: Allyson Holbrook

Designing a good questionnaire is a complicated process that includes decisions ranging from questionnaire format and question order to question wording and response categories. The design should aid respondent understanding of questions, recall, and judgment formation, and minimize response editing because of social desirability. This workshop will review basic strategies for achieving these goals.

Survey Response Rates: Uses and Misuses
Wednesday, February 28, noon

Presenter: Timothy Johnson

What is a “good” response rate, and why does it matter? These are common questions that we see at the Survey Research Laboratory. This webinar will provide a basic overview of survey response, cooperation and refusal rates, their uses, and why they are often imperfect indicators of survey quality and representativeness.

Survey Research Methods Webinars Fall 2017

The Survey Research Laboratory is offering two webinars on survey research methodology during the Fall 2017 semester. The webinars are free to University faculty, staff and students. All webinars begin at 12:00 p.m.

ADVANCE ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

You will receive a reminder about the webinar for which you have registered shortly before the date. Webinar notes will be available here shortly before the webinar.

Social Desirability in Survey Research

Wednesday, November 1, noon

Presenter: Timothy Johnson

Researchers who study sensitive social topics are often confronted with the problem of survey measurement error due to social desirability concerns. This webinar will provide an overview of this important issue and consider various methodologies for addressing it.

Survey Experiments

Wednesday, November 8, noon

Presenter: Allyson Holbrook

Survey researchers are increasingly embedding experiments in surveys in order to maximize both internal validity and generalizability. This webinar will describe the ways that experiments have been used in survey research to explore both methodological questions and substantive questions.

Survey Research Webinar Series Spring 2017

If you’re interested in learning how to conduct research, you’ll want to check out the Survey Research Webinar Series! Each webinar is free to University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students and begin at 12:00 pm Central time. The following is a list of the semester’s offerings:

  • Organizational Surveys. Wednesday, February 15
    • Presenter: Timothy Johnson

    • Individuals are not the only unit of analysis when conducting social surveys! Increasingly, surveys are focusing on larger social groupings. This workshop will address some of the unique aspects of organizational surveys and some of the best practices for conducting them.

    • Register here
  • Introduction to Political Polling. Wednesday, March 1
    • Presenter: Allyson Holbrook

    • This webinar will explain how surveys or “polls” are used to predict and understand political elections and how political polls are different from other kinds of surveys, and the strengths and weaknesses of political polls. Political polling will be considered particularly in the context of the 2016 presidential election.

    • Register here
  • Ethics in Survey Research. Wednesday, March 8
    • Presenter: Timothy Johnson

    • This webinar 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 & oversight, and secondary research subjects.

    • Register here
  • Introduction to Survey Sample Weighting. Wednesday, March 15
    • Presenter: Linda Owens

    • This webinar will cover the basics of constructing statistical weights for survey samples. It will cover the underlying rationales for using sample weights, consider the different kinds of sample weights commonly used, and provide basic examples of each.

    • Register here