Raab, Napier University
Susan Purdon, National Centre for Social Research
Kathy Buckner, Napier University
Aims and objectives
The project has two broad
- to develop a web-based resource which will take the survey analyst
through exemplars of the use of different methods that are currently
available for the analysis of complex surveys
- to hold a series of workshops aimed at researchers who analyse
survey data. The participants will use the draft training material
to carry out analyses of selected data sets. The workshops will
be integral to the development of the web resource
The overall goal will
be to spread good practice in survey design and analysis both within
and beyond the academic sector.
How will the project
help survey researchers?
developments in survey methodology, such as the calculation of complex
standard errors and multiple imputation methods for missing data,
are now implemented in a variety of software packages.
The survey researcher needs to know:
- what methods are available
- what are their advantages and limitations
- how easy is it to implement them
- how do the results compare from different approaches and different
software when used to analyse the same data
The applicants and the workshop
participants will address these questions and the results will be
presented as exemplars in the web resource.
The survey data on which
the exemplars will be based will be chosen from recent UK survey
data that is publicly available and will include surveys of the
Web training resources
for survey analysis
project is due to start in February 2004.
have identified three themes:
- inferences and standard errors for complex designs
- dealing with missing data
- analysing longitudinal data
two-day workshop will be held at Napier University (Edinburgh) on
each of these themes.
least two software approaches applied to each of two survey datasets
will be used in each workshop.
will be active survey researchers preferably with some experience
of the selected datasets.
A maximum of ten participants will take part
in each workshop. There will be no fee and expenses will be paid.