PSR Workshop on February 11: How to Frame and Explain the Survey Data in your Thesis

January 6, 2009

Undergraduate Workshop:
How to Frame and Explain the Survey Data in your Thesis

Wednesday, February 11, 2009. P.M. - 6 P.M., CGIS K354

Led by Survey Research Preceptor Chase Harrison (

Surveys are a special research tool with strengths, weaknesses, and a language all of their own.There are many different steps to designing and conducting a survey, and survey researchers have specific ways of describing what they do.This two-hour workshop sponsored by the Harvard Program on Survey Research is geared toward thesis writers using original survey data.  
The workshop will cover different steps of the survey process, and discuss standard terminology used to convey different types of survey designs.It will also talk about how to think about the impact of survey design on survey findings, how to anticipate questions readers might have about a survey, and how to effectively address and discuss potential problems with survey data collection.Discussion will be focused on the survey data being used in the theses of participants.
Topics Include:
How to talk about respondents, samples, and populations
Describing sampling methods
Data collection methods: using the language of modes
Talking about field protocols
Understanding and explaining nonresponse
How to talk about the specific wording of questions
Technical terms for questionnaires and question types
Talking about translation and multi-lingual interviewing

Documentation: What to include, when, where, and why.

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