Designing and Conducting Survey Research: A Comprehensive Guide / Edition 3

Designing and Conducting Survey Research: A Comprehensive Guide / Edition 3

by Louis M. Rea, Richard A. Parker
     
 

ISBN-10: 078797546X

ISBN-13: 9780787975463

Pub. Date: 09/05/2005

Publisher: Wiley

Designing & Conducting Survey Research, third edition

Since it was first published in 1992, Designing and Conducting Survey Research has become the standard reference in the field for public and nonprofit managers who are responsible for conducting effective and meaningful survey research. This updated and expanded third edition builds on the first two volumes

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Designing & Conducting Survey Research, third edition

Since it was first published in 1992, Designing and Conducting Survey Research has become the standard reference in the field for public and nonprofit managers who are responsible for conducting effective and meaningful survey research. This updated and expanded third edition builds on the first two volumes and contains additional statistical techniques, new reporting methods that meet the growing demands for accountability, and more user-friendly analysis methods.

Designing and Conducting Survey Research 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. Clear, 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.

Praise for the Previous Edition of Designing & Conducting Survey Research

"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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787975463
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/05/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Figures, Tables, Exhibits, and Worksheets.

Preface.

The Authors.

PART ONE: DEVELOPING AND ADMINISTERING QUESTIONNAIRES.

1. An Overview of the Sample Survey Process.

2. Designing Effective Questionnaires: Basic Guidelines.

3. Developing Survey Questions.

4. Utilizing Focus Groups in the Survey Research Process.

PART TWO: ENSURING SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY.

5. Descriptive Statistics: Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion.

6. The Theoretical Basis of Sampling.

7. Confidence Intervals and Basic Hypothesis Testing.

8. Determining the Sample Size.

9. Selecting a Representative Sample.

PART THREE: PRESENTING AND ANALYZING SURVEY RESULTS.

10. Analyzing Cross-Tabulated Data.

11. Testing the Difference Between Means.

12. Regression and Correlation.

13. Preparing an Effective Final Report.

Resource A: Table of Areas of a Standard Normal Distribution.

Resource B: Glossary.

Resource C: Answers to Selected Exercises.

Bibliography.

Index.

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