News about the book

Web Survey Methodology Summer Courses in 2016
Following the Callegaro, Lozar Manfreda and Vehovar (2015) book Web Survey Methodology several summer courses will be organized in 2016, which will cover different research and practical issues related to web survey methodology. The courses, which we in more detail describe below, will be held in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Cologne (Germany) and Barcelona (Spain) by Katja Lozar Manfreda, Vasja Vehovar and Nejc Berzelak.
 

LjMS Ljubljana Methods School 2016: Web surveys and forms: Methodological and practical aspects 

(10 Day Course: 27 June to 6 July 2016), Ljubljana, Slovenia >> 


Lecturers:
Course description:
Participants will learn how to plan, design, and implement high-quality web surveys and web forms to obtain relevant and accurate data for various purposes. The course primarily focuses on methodological and practical aspects of web surveys. It will elaborate all stages of web survey implementation from a methodological and practical point of view. This will equip participants with the knowledge needed to avoid errors in web survey data collection and inference to the target population. Where applicable, the covered topics will be extended to basic data collection based on other types of online forms (e.g. registrations, obtaining a feedback from participants, users, etc.). The course will be conducted as a combination of lectures, hands-on lab sessions, and individual project work.

About the lecturers:
Katja Lozar Manfreda, PhD, is an assistant professor of statistics at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. She is one of the pioneers in the field of web survey methodology (since 1998, holds the first PhD on this topic from 2001) and part of the WebSM group, who is maintaining the largest information source on the methodology of web surveys, the websm.org, and develops the 1ka tool for web surveys. She has published on this topic (especially on web survey nonresponse, questionnaire design, mixed-mode surveys, software) in several scientific journals and with international book publishers. She is a co-author of a book Web Survey Methodology, recently published by Sage. She is an associate editor of the Survey Research Methods (ESRA) and member of the Scientific Committee of the Bulletin of Sociological Methodology (ISA-RC33).
 
Nejc Berzelak, PhD, is a researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. He works in the field of survey methodology with a focus on development and implementation of web and mixed-mode surveys. The main topics of his research include questionnaire design, measurement errors, mode effects, and analysis of survey response process. He participates in several national and international research projects related to survey methodology and is regularly involved in practical implementation of large-scale web surveys. He also works as a methodological consultant for surveys conducted by academic, governmental, and private organisations. He is member of the team developing the 1ka tool for web surveys.

Links:  

GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology 2016: Introduction to Web Surveys

(5 day course: 8 August to 12 August 2016), Cologne, Germany >>


Lecturers:
Course description:
The course deals with the challenge of using the World Wide Web for survey data collection. Web surveys are technically easy to implement; however, the understanding of underlying methodological principles is crucial for successful application in practice. Throughout the course, participants will learn the basics of these principles for all stages of the web survey process: pre-fielding (choosing the mode, sampling design, questionnaire preparation and testing, managerial aspects), fielding (nonresponse reduction, measurement, monitoring), and post-fielding (editing, archiving). Throughout the course, we will give a special emphasis to error sources that can compromise the quality of web survey data. Participants will also be introduced to a software tool for implementing web surveys. They are encouraged to bring own web survey projects to the class.
The course will offer participants general basic knowledge needed for implementation of high-quality web surveys. It may also serve as an optional introduction to the course "Websurvey Instrument Design", which will provide more comprehensive knowledge on appropriate web questionnaire design and its influence on measurement errors.
Here you can find the full syllabus of the course with complete information on the topics, literature, and day-to-day schedule.

About the lecturers:

Katja Lozar Manfreda, PhD, is an assistant professor of statistics at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. She is one of the pioneers in the field of web survey methodology (since 1998, holds the first PhD on this topic from 2001) and part of the WebSM group, who is maintaining the largest information source on the methodology of web surveys, the websm.org, and develops the 1ka tool for web surveys. She has published on this topic (especially on web survey nonresponse, questionnaire design, mixed-mode surveys, software) in several scientific journals and with international book publishers. She is a co-author of a book Web Survey Methodology, recently published by Sage. She is an associate editor of the Survey Research Methods (ESRA) and member of the Scientific Committee of the Bulletin of Sociological Methodology (ISA-RC33).
 
Nejc Berzelak, PhD, is a researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. He works in the field of survey methodology with a focus on development and implementation of web and mixed-mode surveys. The main topics of his research include questionnaire design, measurement errors, mode effects, and analysis of survey response process. He participates in several national and international research projects related to survey methodology and is regularly involved in practical implementation of large-scale web surveys. He also works as a methodological consultant for surveys conducted by academic, governmental, and private organisations. He is member of the team developing the 1ka tool for web surveys.

Links:  

Summer School in Survey Methodology 2016: Conducting Web Surveys: Introduction

(2 day course: 28 June to 29 June 2016), Barcelona, Spain >>


Lecturer:
Course description:
The course provides a general introduction on web survey methodology concepts and implementation practice. On one side, a systematic and broad overview of key methodological issues is provided covering all three essential steps of the core web survey process: pre-fielding (2 course hours), fielding, and post-fielding (1 course hour each). On the other side and simultaneously, at all essential points where important dilemmas arise for the users, the key practical suggestions will be elaborated for the purpose of conducting high quality web surveys. The participants will thus gain competences in two directions:
  • Insight in contemporary challenges of web survey methodology and overview of the corresponding state-of-the-art;
  • Essential suggestions about solutions related to most important and also to most frequent practical problems.
Some previous knowledge about key concepts of survey research is helpful, but not required. Also helpful is certain familiarity with (any) web survey software. The course will otherwise rely on 1KA web survey software tool for illustrations.
The participants are encouraged to come with their own web survey examples, as well as with questions to make the classes more interactive and practical.
Literature and resources:
  • Callegaro, M., Lozar-Manfreda, K. & Vehovar, V. (2015). Web Survey Methodology. London: Sage (more at book.websm.org).
  • Website: Web Survey Methodology, http://WebSM.org

About the lecturer:
Vasja Vehovar is professor of statistics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He achieved BSc in mathematics and BA in economics at the University of Ljubljana, where he further obtained MA and PhD in statistics. He also holds Diploma and MA in Social Science Data Analysis from University of Essex, UK. After PhD he specialised sampling at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, US, where he also spent Fulbright scholarship year.
His initial interest was in survey sampling and in survey nonresponse. However, in his career he expanded interests to broad spectrum of social science methodology, particularly to methodological issues related to social informatics and information society. Within these contexts, he published extensively in various areas of social science methodology and was involved in numerous international research projects. In last decade, however, he focuses almost exclusive on web survey methodology.
Within the area of web survey methodology he had run (1996) one of the first scientific experiments with web surveys. In 1998 he co-established WebSM website, which is today the leading global resource on web survey methodology; it has also received American Associating for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) innovators award in 2009. In 2003-2005 he was coordinating the WebSM EU framework project and today he still assures continuous maintenance of the website. In 2008 he launched open source web survey software 1KA to support web survey research experiments. At the same time 1KA tool also offers (at the basic installation on www.1ka.si) free hosting for academic and other non-profit web surveys.  In 2015 he co-authored a monograph Web Survey Methodology (more about the book at book.websm.org).
Home page: http://vv.ris.org

Links:
Print