Short Courses

Survey data collection

22nd June 2011 to 23rd June 2011

Dates: 22-23/06/2011

This two-day introductory course is for government social researchers and other policy related researchers and analysts who want to know more about the different forms of survey data collection, and how different methods of data collection can be used to answer key policy questions.

Tutor: Dr Kirstine Hansen


  • Better understanding of the differences between qualitative and quantitative data, and their strengths and weaknesses
  • Better understanding of when to apply either qualitative or quantitative approaches, or when to combine mixed data collection methods
  • Introduction to computer assisted methods (including CASI, CAPI, CATI and web and email data collection) and face-to-face, telephone and postal data collection
  • Understanding of state-of-the-art research on how to boost response rates in surveys
  • Better understanding of questionnaire design
  • Understanding of state-of-the-art research into measurement errors and how these affect the quality of survey instruments
  • Introduction to using cognitive methods in instrument design

What previous students said about this course:

  • 'Covered a great deal'.
  • 'All useful content'
  • ‘The content was well balanced and not too much information was provided. In this regard, I felt informed without being overloaded.’

Venue: Institute of Education

Cost: £525

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is offering training bursaries up to £1,000 to enable staff in the UK social science community engaged in research, teaching research methods or supervising research to update their skills. Contract researchers working in HEIs are also eligible for the bursaries. Please note that the bursary scheme is open for applications throughout the year i.e. there are no deadlines for applications. Find here further information about the bursaries and to apply 

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