Web Survey Methodology Summer Courses in 2016

May 20 2016

Following the Callegaro, Lozar Manfreda and Vehovar (2015) book Web Survey Methodology several summer courses will be organised in 2016, covering different research and practical issues related to web survey methodology. The courses, which we describein greater detail below, are to 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 >> 


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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 the methodological and practical aspects of web surveys. It will elaborate all stages of web survey implementation from those aspects. This will equip participants with the knowledge they need 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 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 - she holds the first PhD on this topic from 2001) and part of the WebSM group, which is maintaining the largest information source on the methodology of web surveys, websm.org, and developing 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 the co-author of the book Web Survey Methodology that was recently published by Sage. She is an associate editor of Survey Research Methods (ESRA) and a 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 developing and implementing of web and mixed-mode surveys. The main topics of his research include questionnaire design, measurement errors, mode effects, and analysis of the 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.

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

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


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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, understanding the 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 pay a special attention to the 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 their own web survey projects to the class.
The course will offer participants the general basic knowledge that is needed for conducting 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 course syllabus with complete information on the topics, literature and the 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 - she holds the first PhD on this topic from 2001) and part of the WebSM group, which is maintaining the largest information source on the methodology of web surveys, websm.org, and developing 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 the co-author of the book Web Survey Methodology, that was recently published by Sage. She is an associate editor of Survey Research Methods (ESRA) and a 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 developing and implementing of web and mixed-mode surveys. The main topics of his research include questionnaire design, measurement errors, mode effects, and analysis of the 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 a member of the team developing the 1KA tool for web surveys.

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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 to web survey methodology concepts and implementation practice. On one side, a systematic and broad overview of the 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 users, the key practical suggestions will be elaborated for the purpose of conducting high-quality web surveys. The participants will thus gain competencies in two directions:
  • Insight into the contemporary challenges of web survey methodology and an overview of the corresponding state of the art
  • Essential suggestions about solutions related to the most important and also the most frequent practical problems
Some previous knowledge about the 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 the 1KA web survey software tool for illustrations.
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 (for more, see: book.websm.org).
  • The website: Web Survey Methodology, http://WebSM.org

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

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