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Fall 2017
Aug 24, 2019
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PPOL 696 - Survey Research Methods
Surveys are one of the most widely used data collection tools across business, academia, and the public sector. When done right, they can yield invaluable information for decision-making. Yet, all too often, surveys are poorly designed and ineffective. The course teaches methods for designing, conducting, and interpreting the results of surveys. The emphasis is on the development of practical skills that are indispensable additions to a policy analyst's analytic toolkit.  The course integrates perspectives from sociology, economics and cognitive psychology and methodologies commonly applied within policy evaluation, social science and public opinion research settings.  Topics include questionnaire development and testing, how to judge the quality of a survey, the use and misuse of survey methods, sources of bias/error in survey design and analysis, techniques for dealing with limitations in surveys, data collection techniques, principles of sampling design, data processing, and ethical issues in survey research. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Juris Doctor
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Public Policy Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Policy Management
      Int'l Development Policy
      Law/Public Policy
      Public Policy

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