Spring 2021  |  PA 5933 Section 001: Survey Methods: Designing Effective Questionnaires (54219)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
2 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Wed 04:00PM - 05:40PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Applied (hands-on) introduction to survey questionnaire design. Student teams design a questionnaire for a real or imaginary client, typically a non-profit/NGO or governmental agency. For example, students may draft and revise questions about respondents' demographics and employment; life histories; knowledge, use, and opinions about services; and anxiety and well-being. The class will spend two weeks on each module, actively engaging in class about draft questions, and through that practice, learning how to improve them. Survey questions will be entered into SurveyToGo, an app used offline on Windows devices to collect data, and questionnaire will be tested on a small number of volunteers. Students will learn: - The process of questionnaire design in a team - Basic pitfalls of survey design - names, definitions, examples. - How to use Excel to track questions, coded responses, and prompts for interviewers - How to use interviewing software SurveyToGo This class is not a substitute for a comprehensive survey research class or a statistical course on sampling and weighting.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?dlevison+PA5933+Spring2020
Class Description:
This 2-credit full-semester class provides an applied (hands-on) introduction to designing survey questionnaires. Students will learn:
·How to design a questionnaire in a team
·Best practices for survey and question design.
·Basic pitfalls of survey design - names, definitions,examples.
·How to use Excel to track questions, coded responses, and prompts for interviewers
·How to use interviewing software SurveyToGo

Each time it is taught, student teams will design a questionnaire for a real or imaginary client, typically a non-profit/NGO or governmental agency. In 2020 the survey will be designed to interview fairly recent immigrants to the United States who live in the Twin Cities. Student teams will draft and revise questions about respondents':

·Demographics and employment
·Life histories
·Knowledge, use, and opinions about services
·Anxiety and well-being

The class will spend two weeks on each module, actively engaging in class about draft questions and through that practice learning how to improve them. Finally, each team will enter the questions into SurveyToGo, an app that can be used offline on Windows devices to collect data. Students will not conduct the survey, apart from a few test interviews.



Who Should Take This Class?:
Any graduate student.
Grading:
Grade break-down (approximate):

60% Teams: ten items by @ 6% each - first drafts; second drafts with tracked changes. (#1-10)
5% Teams: turn in final questionnaire in Excel (#11)
10% SurveyToGo successful in a test interview (#12)
5% Individual: cognitive interviewing memo re: pilot test of survey questions
10% Individual: reading posts & summary document on concepts/terminology
10% Class participation, including group members grading each other
Exam Format:
None
Class Format:
Mini-lectures & discussions
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/54219/1213
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
22 October 2019

ClassInfo Links - Spring 2021 5000 Level Public Affairs Classes Taught by Deborah Levison

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