3. Survey Methods and Data Collection

November 2022: 11, 16, 18, 22, 25 and 30, 14h-16h
Teacher: Prof Arjun Bedi
Location: In person, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS, The Hague)
Tuition: free for members; 300 euros for non-members.
ECs: 3


This course responds to the increasing demand for primary (micro-) data collection. Typically, courses on statistics and econometrics focus on estimation and model specification and do not pay much attention to issues such as how the data used for the analysis have been collected, and/or the quality (coverage, accuracy) of the data. This course is designed to deal with such blind spots and addresses three main issues: 1) survey design and sampling strategies and implications of the survey design for data analysis; 2) sample size and power calculations; 3) dealing with non-response and measurement error. The course is practice-oriented and will rely on numerous examples to illustrate key ideas and approaches to data collection and discuss implementation issues such as questionnaire design and different methods of data collection (online, face to-face).

Even if you are not interested in collecting your own data but plan to use secondary data, the course will encourage you to interrogate the features of the data set and to evaluate how the data were collected and the consequences of the data collection strategy for your analysis. Although quantitative in orientation, it is also open to students interested in conducting qualitative surveys given that many of the principles apply and help to improve survey quality.

Registrations are no longer open. Please check for the 2023 version at the start of the new academic year.