Courses 2017-01-23T10:20:52+00:00

Sampling, Weighting and Estimation in Survey Methodology

Course description:

This course will take place on 24-25 April 2017 at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. It will cover three interrelated topics: methods of selecting complex samples, creation of analysis weights that adjust for nonresponse and undercoverage, and the analysis of data collected via complex weighted surveys.

The first day will start with an introduction the framework for design based inference and some basic sampling designs will be introduced. Common features of sampling designs such as stratification, sampling of clusters and multi-stage sampling will be discussed. For each method, students will learn the relevant formulas for point estimates and variance estimates; however, the course will emphasize application over theoretical proofs of the formulas.

The second day will focus on estimation based on survey samples and inference. Furthermore, students will learn how complex designs and estimators alter the ways in which survey data should be analyzed. Traditional methods of analysis, usually taught in introductory statistics courses, are inapplicable to such data sets. There are several different methods that can be used to analyze complex weighted survey data.


Stefan Zins
Leibniz Institute for the Social Science (GESIS), Mannheim
His research interests include the design of rotational panels and variance estimation for complex sampling designs and statistics.
He has taught specialized courses on survey methodology, weighting and data analysis at the University of Trier

Matthias Sand
Leibniz Institute for the Social Science (GESIS), Mannheim
His research interests include multiple-frame samples (especially CATI-samples), design and adjustment weighting.

More information and how to apply

Designing questionnaires for cross-cultural surveys

The first SERISS training course took place on 24-25 October 2016 at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. The course – Designing questionnaires for cross-cultural surveys – was instructed by Ana Villar (Centre for Comparative Social Surveys, City University London) and Dorothée Behr (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim). You can find out more about the course and instructors by reading the SERISS 2016 Course Description.

25 participants interested in in the impact of linguistic and cultural aspects on cross-cultural survey research attended the course. Those participants were taught to:

  • be familiar with different approaches to organisation and implementation of cross-cultural questionnaire design;
  • be familiar with different pre-testing techniques available for cross-cultural contexts;
  • be familiar with aspects to take into account when producing questionnaire translations;
  • be familiar with best practice in carrying out questionnaire translation and assessment;
  • be able to better account for the needs of cross-cultural questionnaire design and translation in project proposals.

All attendees were awarded a certificate for completing the course.