Collecting, managing, and assessing data using sample surveys
Monday 15 to Friday 19 July 2013, 9am to 5pm
This short course, presented by Professor Peter Stopher a world leader in survey design, will introduce participants to the concepts of designing and implementing data collection procedures, particularly through surveys of human populations. The course is applicable to a wide range of surveys involving human subjects and is not limited to any specific discipline area. Issues that pertain to health surveys, physical activities, behaviour surveys of various types, agricultural surveys, etc. are covered. The course introduces simple sample designs, and covers the design of data-collection instruments, protocols for undertaking surveys of human populations, pilot surveys and pre-tests, survey ethics, survey administration, coding and archiving of data, computation of sampling errors and population statistics, response rates and other measures of survey quality, and validation of survey data. The course also includes discussion of applications of advanced technology to surveys, such as Internet surveys, surveys using GPS devices, and other remote sensing techniques.
The course is based on the book Collecting, Managing, and Assessing Data Using Sample Surveys by Professor Peter Stopher, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. The class sessions include a number of worked examples for the statistical calculations, as well as examples of good and bad survey designs, to illustrate the various points made in the class.
Professor Peter Stopher is Professor of Transport Planning at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies in The University of Sydney Business School and Director of PlanTrans Pty Ltd. He has bachelors and doctorate degrees from the University of London and has worked in England, the United States, Canada, South Africa, and Australia. He has more than 45 years of experience as an academic at universities such as Northwestern University, Cornell University and Louisiana State University in the US, and at the University of Sydney, and also as a professional transport planner and consultant. He has published around 280 articles as book chapters and as papers in various professional journals and conference proceedings, has authored eight books and edited a further seven books, including authoring Collecting, Measuring, and Assessing Data with Sample Surveys, published in early 2012 by Cambridge University Press and is currently writing his ninth book on Transport Policy with co-author John Stanley from Melbourne. He teaches and conducts research in transport policy and planning, survey methods, environmental analysis, and travel demand modelling, and has pioneered a number of advances in travel demand models and travel surveys over the years.
For further information, please contact Professor Peter Stopher at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +61 (0)438 644 430.
We start with a refresher on statistics and probability, in preparation for the statistical methods that will be used later in the course to estimate sampling errors and determine desirable sample sizes. The balance of Day 1 is spent in defining various terms used in surveys and survey design, and discussing the differences between censuses and surveys, and setting out some basics of surveys, such as the concept of randomness.
We commence with a discussion of the ethics of human subject surveys and then review the differences between error and bias. Following that, we look at the overall survey process and then concentrate on survey instrument design. The remainder of the day continues with question content and question order.
We look at questionnaire layout, writing questions, and miscellaneous design issues. We then move into sample design, initially discussing the methods of sampling and then introducing the idea of simple random sampling. In the context of simple random sampling, we define sampling error and how to calculate it, and also how to determine sample size, given that we know how much error we are willing to tolerate.
We extend the discussion of sampling methods into more complex designs of stratified sampling both with uniform and variable sampling rates. We then look at multistage sampling, before reviewing some non-random sampling methods, such as systematic sampling. We conclude the day by discussing surveys on repetitive occasions and panels.
We move into a discussion of survey problems, especially nonresponse, the calculation of response rates and other measures of survey quality, and discuss pilot surveys and pretests. We conclude with a discussion of administrative issues, such as interviewer selection and training, and look at recent advances in the design of surveys, such as the use of GPS and other sensing devices, web-based surveys, etc.
The total fee per course, including all course materials (including ???Collecting, managing, and assessing data using sample surveys??? by Peter Stopher, Cambridge University Press), refreshments and lunches, for the five days is:
- $1,450 for academics
- $1,950 for consultants/government employees
- $950 students
Where four or more persons from the same organisation attend, a 10% discount per attendee will be granted.
Minter Ellison Conference Room
Level 13, St James Campus
The Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies
The University of Sydney Business School
173-175 Phillip Street
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