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September 2021

Identifying and Correcting Errors in Big Data (Online)

September 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Online NC United States

This course will be offered via Zoom only. However, this course will not be recorded. While Big Data offers a potentially less expensive, less burdensome, and more timely alternative to survey data for producing a variety of statistics, it is not without error. But, the construction of, access to, and overall data structure of Big Data make it difficult to know where to start looking for errors and even more difficult to account or correct for them. In this course,…

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October 2021

The Roles of Social Media and Crowdsourcing in Survey Research (Online)

October 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online NC United States

This course will be offered via Zoom only. However, this course will not be recorded. The ubiquity of social media in the world today presents new opportunities and challenges when it comes to social research. This course considers the use of social media in survey research. Throughout the survey lifecycle (questionnaire design and testing, subject recruitment, respondent tracking, and longitudinal panel retention), social media and crowdsourcing platforms offer some new ways to reach respondents at a time when traditional methods…

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Writing Questions and Visual Design of Surveys (Online)

October 28 @ 9:00 am - October 29 @ 1:00 pm
Online NC United States

This course will be offered via Zoom only. However, this course will not be recorded. This course focuses on best practices for writing questions and visual design for surveys, with a focus on holistic designs in which question wording and visual design work together to produce good measurement. It draws on the empirical literature to provide practical guidelines for questionnaire design and considers mixed-mode and mixed-device surveys. The course will include PowerPoint slides and whole group and small group discussion.…

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November 2021

Data Collection Using Mobile Phones in Developing Countries: New Approaches with SMS, IVR, Web, and CATI (Online)

November 12 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Online NC United States

This course will be offered via Zoom only. However, this course will not be recorded. The rapid growth of mobile phones in developing countries opens up new possibilities for data collection. Short message service (SMS), interactive voice response (IVR), online surveys (web) and computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) can produce data faster and less expensively than face-to-face surveys. This course will introduce students to the design and implementation of SMS, IVR, Web, and CATI surveys in low- and middle-income countries. In…

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