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Master 2020/2021

Measurement Theory and Questionaire Design

Type: Elective course (Population and Development)
Area of studies: Public Administration
Delivered by: School of Sociology
When: 2 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of all HSE University campuses
Instructors: Aigul M. Klimova
Master’s programme: Population and Development
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course covers the fundamental concepts of measurement theory and survey questionnaire design. We will cover the following topics: (1) total survey error paradigm, (2) validity and reliability in survey research, (3) response styles and different types of measurement error in survey questionnaires, (4) basic rules of survey questionnaire design, (5) questionnaire evaluation, (6) writing reports on cognitive interviewing pre-testing, (7) questionnaires in cross-cultural research. While completing the course does not mean that the participants will be good in designing and testing the questionnaires, however they will get more knowledge and expertise to design better questionnaires.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to design survey questionnaires and evaluate their quality
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To apply survey error paradigm
  • To measure different types of validity
  • To measure different types of reliability
  • To evaluate quality of surveys
  • To design different types of questions
  • To know different types of measurement error and response styles in the questionnaire
  • To apply basic rules of the questionnaire design
  • To design survey questionnaire
  • To evaluate questionnaire
  • To conduct cognitive interviewing
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Validity and reliability
    Total survey error paradigm. Validity and reliability in surveys. Validity and reliability in comparative research
  • Questionnaire design
    Different types of questions. Scales. Basic structure and basic rules in questionnaire design. Design of the questionnaire in cross-cultural studies
  • Evaluating survey questionnaire
    Evaluation of the quality of survey questionnaire. Cognitive interviewing. Evaluating cross-cultural surveys
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking seminar participation
  • non-blocking Questionnaire design
  • non-blocking Evaluation of the questionnaire of other student
  • non-blocking To conduct cognitive interviewing and write a report on cognitive interviewing pretesting
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.1 * Evaluation of the questionnaire of other student + 0.25 * Questionnaire design + 0.25 * seminar participation + 0.4 * To conduct cognitive interviewing and write a report on cognitive interviewing pretesting
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Questions and answers in attitude surveys : experiments on question form, wording, and context, Schuman H., Presser S., 1996
  • Reliability and validity assessment, Carmines E. G., Zeller R. A., 1979

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Survey questions : handcrafting the standardized questionnaire, Converse J. M., Presser S., 1986