A Guide to Decisions and Procedures
- Johnny Blair - Independent Consultant, USA
- Ronald F. Czaja - North Carolina State University, USA
- Edward A. Blair - University of Houston, USA
A step-by-step guide to conducting surveys, with an emphasis on critical thinking and views on critically assessing surveys conducted by others
Research Methods in Sociology | Survey Research | Survey Research
“This book has much to recommend it. The authors succeed in pulling off some difficult balancing acts. They manage to introduce a good deal of material in a concise package. They cover key topics in practical, accessible terms, but not in simple cookbook terms. The entire survey research process is covered in a way that helps students appreciate how steps in the process are integrated. Students will understand that survey research is research, not just a series of tasks.”
“Many of our students do not have prior methods experience. They need a text that brings them into the methodology of the field and this one is just right. The concrete examples are especially helpful. Students tell me that this text is one that they keep and use over and over. It is the kind of text that empowers them to walk through the steps of doing their research.”
“Without fail, my students are very interested in the practical aspects of survey design and implementation. They want to understand, quickly and simply, the workflow of a survey project, how many observations they need to answer their research questions, and how much it is going to cost. Not surprisingly, then, I find the applied focus of the text very helpful. The coverage of sampling and power calculations for hypothesis testing are unique strengths. The text is accessible, practical, and concise.”
“Designing Surveys is well written and is intended for novices engaged in designing a (student) survey for the first time as well as for those with some knowledge of and experience with surveys. I would add a third group of potential readers to the list: more experienced researchers who feel the need to update and refresh their knowledge.”
—Edith D. de Leeuw, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I have no hesitation in recommending this book as a preferred course text at post-graduate level or for in-house training. It’s far superior to anything else on the market and sits nicely between Andres (2012) and Marsden and Wright (2010). Whereas some books tend to be more academic (and sometimes based on limited, if any, serious experience of actually doing surveys) this book is written by people who do surveys for a living, one of them for forty years. With its combination of accumulated wisdom and narrative skill, it’s easy (and fulfilling) to read, and you can barely see the joins. It has been written by very experienced fellow professionals used to dealing with operational practicalities, spiced with (just enough, but not too much) theory and thankfully few equations (formulae are immediately off-putting for students in sociology and similar areas).
Good book, fits my teaching needs
Excellent text for the novice or experienced researcher
A useful textbook for helping our students with the design of their project research surveys.
Its specificity in designing surveys makes it a reference manual in this area. On the other side are needed other manuals that explain what to do with the colected data.
At last a truly comprehensive guide to the process of designing and doing surveys of all types