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Courses 2017-11-09T14:09:38+00:00

Measurement quality and correction for measurement error

The third SERISS training course – Measurement quality and correction for measurement error – will take place at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia on 26-27 February 2018. The training session will be delivered by Diana Zavala-Rojas and Wiebke Weber of the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM), Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

The course will discuss the issues related to measurement error in survey research and the consequences for the results of the research. It will offer different methods to estimate and predict measurement error and show how this information can be used for the improvement of survey questions before data collection, and for the correction for measurement error in data analysis.

As with all SERISS training courses, up to 25 participants are invited to attend. There are no tuition fees. Lunch on each day and a group dinner on the first evening will be provided. Participants generally need to cover their travel costs but there are a limited number of SERISS grants available for attendees whose financial position would prevent them from being able to attend.

The course is aimed at Doctoral Candidates at all stages, Postdoctorates from Humanities and Social Sciences and quantitative research practitioners in general.

No prior knowledge of correction for measurement error is needed, but students should be comfortable with statistical concepts such as hypothesis testing, variance, standard errors and confidence intervals. A basic understanding of survey methodology and a beginner’s level understanding of statistical software is also required.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • understand what measurement error is and how it can affect substantive conclusions;
  • how measurement error can be estimated and predicted;
  • and how you can correct for it in regression and structural regression models with single and multiple indicators and sum scores using R.

The deadline for applications is Monday 4 December 2017. The results of the selection will be known by 15 December 2017.

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Sampling, weighting and estimation in survey methodology

The Sampling, Weighting and Estimation in Survey Methodology training course took place on 24-25 April 2017 at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. It covered 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.

It began with an introduction to the framework for design based inference and basic sampling designs. Common features of sampling designs such as stratification, sampling of clusters and multi-stage sampling were discussed. For each method, students learnt the relevant formulas for point estimates and variance estimates; however, the course emphasized application over theoretical proofs of the formulas.

The second day focused on estimation based on survey samples and inference. Furthermore, students were taught how complex designs and estimators alter the ways in which survey data should be analyzed. The course was instructed by Stefan Zins and Matthias Sand (Leibniz Institute for the Social Science – GESIS).


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.