Designing and Conducting Survey Research; A Comprehensive Guide / Edition 2

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Updated and expanded to include additional statistical techniques and a broader array of exercises, this second edition of Rea and Parker's foundational tool is a complete, practical guide to conducting sample survey research. In a comprehensive manner, it explains all major components of survey research including construction of the instrument, administration of the process, and analysis and reporting of results.Building on the strength of the original book, the second edition? Provides a wealth of statistical analysis and techniques to create a complete guide to the survey research process? Includes an expanded group of exercises and examples covering a broad base of subjects? Discusses the emerging importance of focus groups in preparing survey questionnaires and in analyzing survey findingsClear, concise, and accessible, this guide explains how to conduct a survey research project from start to finish. Further, it shows how this research method can be applied in such diverse fields as urban affairs, social science, and public administration. Designing and Conducting Survey Research is an excellent tool that will help both professionals and students understand and explain the validity of sample survey research.

Incl. an expanded group of exercises & examples covering a broad base of subjects, emerging importance of focus groups.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Clear, thorough, well-written, and eminently practical. Takes you step-by-step through all you need to know to conduct a survey or evaluate one and provides a basic understanding of the theoretical basis of sampling. The clarity of the book makes it a model for effective instruction and one that opens the road for those who must master the subject themselves." (Norton Long, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Missouri, St. Louis)

"A basic tool for conducting survey research projects that any researcher can understand and use. Freed of confusing statistical theory, yet comprehensive in approach with step-by-step details." (John B. Sauvajot, Public Management Consultant and Former Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, San Diego County)

"Demystifies the arcane world of pollsters and survey research. Anyone who conducts surveys, hires survey consultants, reads reports, or makes policy based on survey data will benefit from this book." (Robert J. Waste, Survey Research Center, California State University, Chico)

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A practical guide to conducting sample survey research, explaining all major components of survey research including construction of the instrument, administration of the process, and analysis and reporting of results, and showing how to use surveys in fields such as urban affairs, social science, and public administration. Includes chapter exercises and selected answers, reference appendices, and a glossary. For professionals wishing to conduct a survey research project, and for undergraduate and graduate students in courses in social and behavioral sciences. This second edition is updated and expanded to include statistical techniques and a broader array of exercises. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787908102
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

LOUIS M. REA is professor of city planning and director of the School of Public Administration and Urban Studies at San Diego State University. He is an established consultant to numerous municipal jurisdictions and private businesses. RICHARD A. PARKER is a professor in the School of Public Administration and Urban Studies at San Diego State University. He is also a market research and economic consultant to the public and private sectors.

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Table of Contents

An Overview of the Sample Survey Process.

DEVELOPING AND ADMINISTERING QUESTIONNAIRES.

Designing Effective Questionnaires: Basic Guidelines.

Developing Survey Questions.

Administering the Questionnaire.

Utilizing Focus Groups in the Survey Research Process.

ENSURING SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY.

Understanding Sampling Theory.

Determining the Sample Size.

Selecting a Representative Sample.

PRESENTING AND ANALYZING SURVEY RESULTS.

Presenting and Describing Survey Data.

Testing the Statistical Significance of Sample Survey Data.

Measuring the Strength of Statistically Significant Relationships in Sample Survey Data.

Preparing an Effective Final Report.

Appendix A. Table of Areas of a Standard Normal Distribution.

Appendix B. Measures of Central TAndency and Dispersion.

Appendix C. Glossary.

Appendix D. Answers to Selected Exercises.

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