Survey Design and Measurement Initiative
The Survey Design and Measurement Initiative was established by the ESRC’s Research Resources Board, following several recent initiatives which identified a pressing need for research and training in survey design and measurement. An analysis of the ESRC portfolio identified that very little work was currently being supported in this area, therefore this initiative deals more specifically with the research need.
About the Survey Design and Measurement Initiative
Survey methods provide the foundation for a large proportion of social science research. The health of social and economic research in the UK depends, to a considerable extent, upon the health of survey research. Research was needed urgently to identify ways to enhance the quality of survey research and to harness opportunities for methodological improvement.
Through this initiative the ESRC-funded seven research projects to address one or more of the following areas where further research is urgently needed:
- Survey measurement
- Mixed-mode surveys and new technologies.
All projects contribute to ESRC's broader initiative on improving research methods and comply with the ESRC's policy on public access to research findings/outputs. This may be in the form of workshops or publications or may include the development of courses.
Seven projects have been funded:
The Commodity Chain of the Household: from Survey Design to Policy Planning
Dr Emestina Coast, London School of Economics
Understanding Non-Response and Reducing Non-Response Bias
Professor Peter Lynn, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex
Mixed Modes and Measurement Error
Ms Gerry Nicolaas, National Centre for Social Research, Survey Methods Unit
The Use of Scanner Technology for Collecting Expenditure Data in Mixed-Mode Social Science Surveys
Ms Zoe Oldfield, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Predicting and Preventing Non-Response in Cohort Studies
Professor Ian Plewis, Institute for Education, University of London
Solving the Problem of Attrition in Longitudinal Surveys
Professor John Bynner, National Centre for Social Research
Hierarchical analysis of unit nonresponse in sample surveys
Dr Gabriele Durrant, University of Southampton
- ESRC resources team
Telephone: 01793 413180