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Collecting, Managing, and Assessing Data Using Sample Surveys


  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521681872

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  • Collecting, Managing, and Assessing Data Using Sample Surveys provides a thorough, step-by-step guide to the design and implementation of surveys. Beginning with a primer on basic statistics, the first half of the book takes readers on a comprehensive tour through the basics of survey design. Topics covered include the ethics of surveys, the design of survey procedures, the design of the survey instrument, how to write questions and how to draw representative samples. Having shown readers how to design surveys, the second half of the book discusses a number of issues surrounding their implementation, including repetitive surveys, the economics of surveys, web-based surveys, coding and data entry, data expansion and weighting, the issue of non-response, and the documenting and archiving of survey data. The book is an excellent introduction to the use of surveys for graduate students as well as a useful reference work for scholars and professionals.

    • A comprehensive guide to surveys giving readers everything they need to know in one book, from the earliest steps in thinking about a survey right through to the archiving of data
    • Brings many aspects of surveys up to date, especially in regard to mobile phones, the Internet, and the possibilities of technological developments in recording data
    • Includes step-by-step guides to surveying techniques with additional aids such as a primer on basic statistics, end-of-chapter problems and real examples of good and bad survey design
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Drawing on the author's wealth of knowledge and experience, this excellent book provides a comprehensive treatment of every aspect involved in preparing for, carrying out, cleaning and archiving data from a population survey. It is very clearly written, fully illustrated and enables the reader to jump the learning curve.' Peter Jones, University College London

    'Data are fundamental to our understanding and stewardship of the world around us. Peter Stopher's new book is an extensive, accessible and highly informative reference work for those engaged in data acquisition from human subjects. Covering all aspects of survey design and distribution, data management and archiving, this unique treatise is more comprehensive than one can find elsewhere. Offering something new for the most accomplished of data gatherers, this book serves as a remarkable reference, as well as a textbook.' Kara Kockelman, University of Texas, Austin

    'This is a 'must have' reference for all people who want to design, conduct and/or communicate market research. It addresses material that builds on more traditional texts but adds value in many ways. In particular, it sheds light on the critical importance of correct sampling and valid questionnaire design as the core of good research. Peter Stopher leaves no stone unturned in his quest to ensure that researchers understand what is needed in their planning, execution and delivery. He provides a comprehensive, rigorous and evidence-based coverage of the basics of survey methodology, with enough nuggets of more advanced and often-neglected topics to be of interest to the experienced practitioner.' Philip Mitchell-Taverner, Taverner Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521681872
    • length: 560 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 82 b/w illus. 70 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic statistics and probability
    3. Basic issues in surveys
    4. Ethics of surveys of human populations
    5. Design a survey
    6. Methods for conducting surveys of human populations
    7. Focus groups
    8. Design of survey instruments
    9. Design of questions and question wording
    10. Special issues for qualitative and preference surveys
    11. Design of data collection procedures
    12. Pilot surveys and pretests
    13. Sample design and sampling
    14. Repetitive surveys
    15. Survey economics
    16. Survey implementation
    17. Web-based surveys
    18. Coding and data entry
    19. Data expansion and weighting
    20. Nonresponse
    21. Measuring data quality
    22. Future directions in survey procedures
    23. Documenting and archiving

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Survey Sampling
    • Urban Transport Planning
  • Author

    Peter Stopher, University of Sydney
    Peter Stopher is Professor of Transport Planning at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney. He has also been a professor at Northwestern University, Cornell University, McMaster University and Louisiana State University. Professor Stopher has developed a substantial reputation in the field of data collection, particularly for the support of travel forecasting and analysis. He pioneered the development of travel and activity diaries as a data-collection mechanism, and has written extensively on issues of sample design, data expansion, nonresponse biases and measurement issues.

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