Free Courses from the Centre for Census and Survey Research

The CCSR is offering the following courses FREE to Humanities Staff and students:

Cognitive Interviewing for Testing Survey Questions: 23rd September 2009 (9.30am-5pm)

Course Summary: This one day course is designed to familiarise participants with this powerful and efficient method of piloting survey questions called Cognitive Interviewing.   Cognitive Interviewing is a type of in-depth interviewing which focuses on respondents’ thought processing in answering survey questions and uses specialised techniques such as thinking aloud, probing, observation and paraphrasing. The course is about what cognitive interviewing is as well as how to do it. There are practical exercises as well as lecture time.

 Standardised Multi-Item Scale Development for Surveys: 24th September 2009 (9.30am-5pm)

Course Summary: Standardised multi-item scales are very common in psychology, education, and health, but much less so in sociology, political science, and survey research.   This one day course is designed to inspire participants from all disciplines that it is possible to develop your own high quality multi-item scales.  This course offers an introduction on how to do this: looking at psychometric principles, exploring the special questionnaire design concerns, introducing some basic statistical tools for assessing the reliability and dimensionality of multi-item scales, and practice evaluating some existing scales in a lab session at the end of the day.

If you’re interested in taking part, please contact Katey.matthews@manchester.ac.uk directly

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