3. Survey Methods and Data Collection

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November-December 2021 (seven sessions; precise dates and times to be confirmed)
Teacher: Prof Arjun Bedi
Location: Online via Zoom
ECs: 3
Schedule: seven sessions, from 14.00 – 16.00 (NL time), to go on:

  1. Monday – 29 November
  2. Wednesday – 1 December
  3. Monday – 6 Dec
  4. Wednesday – 8 Dec 
  5. Wednesday – 14 Dec 
  6. Thursday – 15 Dec 
  7. Monday – 20 Dec 

Tuition: free for members; 350 euros for non-members.

Description: 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.

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Survey methods. Picture: letters. Source: Unsplash

Survey methods. Picture: letters. Source: Unsplash