The program of the GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology 2013 has been finalized and the registration is now open!
The 2nd GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology will take place at GESIS Cologne from August 08 to 30, 2013.
Surveys are the main method of systematic data collection in the Social Sciences. Surveys provide empirical data for researchers to analyse, and are an important source of information for business, charities and policy makers. There are numerous types of surveys suited for different purposes. Given the variety and complexity of survey research, designing and conducting a survey that effectively and efficiently serves a specific purpose requires specialised expertise and skill (as well as a good team).
The GESIS Summer School offers high quality training in state of the art techniques and methods of survey research. It aims to equip participants with essential skills in the design, planning, execution, documentation and quality assurance of surveys of households, individuals or organisations. This Summer School is unique in Europe with its focus on Survey Methodology and data collection.
The GESIS Summer School does not only give a broad overview of survey methods, but provides an opportunity to deeply engage with the different tasks of survey design and implementation (such as questionnaire design, sampling, nonresponse and fieldwork monitoring), different survey modes (such as personal interviews and web surveys), research designs involving surveys (such as mixed methods, factorial surveys, longitudinal surveys and cross-national surveys) as well as data management. The courses offer engaging instruction in state-of-the-art knowledge and application oriented skills, provided by an international team of survey specialists. Our instructors come from a diverse set of countries and fields, and we welcome applicants from all countries and fields.
The Summer School is designed for advanced graduate and PhD students as well as post-docs and other researchers interested in improving their knowledge and skills in survey methodology from all relevant fields, such as Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Education Science, Communication Science, Epidemiology, Demography etc. Professionals from outside academic research who are working with surveys are welcome to apply. It is the right place to go for PhD students and researchers planning to run their own survey, but also for those who analyse secondary data, want to know more about how the data came about, how to assess their quality, and those who wish to engage in methodological research.
We are very thankful for the cooperation with the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) of the University of Mannheim. We also gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by our sponsors to a social and cultural program. It is greatly important to us that participants can meet outside the seminar rooms to have a good time and find new research collaborators and, indeed, friends. We aim to provide participants with a supportive social environment, a stimulating and academically rigorous program, and an exciting time in Cologne.
We hope you enjoy reading the program, and hope to see you in Cologne in August 2013!
From August 8 to 30, 2013
19 courses, three and a half weeks, summer time, right in the center of Cologne, at GESIS: The 2nd GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology. Registration will open in mid February.
- Course A: Survey Design
- Course B: Qualitative Methods
- Course C: Statistical Data Analysis Using R
- Course D: Introduction to Research Data Management for Social Scientists
One- and two-week courses:
- Course 1: Introduction to Survey Design
- Course 2: Unit Nonresponse
- Course 3: Mixed Methods
- Course 4: Introduction to the Structural Equation Modeling Framework
- Course 5: Item Nonresponse and Multiple Imputation
- Course 6: Cross-National Research: Data Collection and Analysis
- Course 7: Understanding and Modelling Measurement Error in Social Surveys
- Course 8: Sampling and Estimation for Complex Surveys
- Course 9: Questionnaire Translation in Cross-cultural Surveys
- Course 10: Experimental Techniques in Survey Research
- Course 11: Questionnaire Design
- Course 12: Factorial Survey Designs
- Course 13: Design and Implementation of Longitudinal Surveys
- Course 14: Data Collection: Interviewer Training and Fieldwork Monitoring
- Course 15: Web Surveys
Fast 200 Teilnehmer zählt die GESIS Summer School 2012 bereits. In manchen Kursen sind noch einzelne Plätze zu vergeben.
Jetzt bewerben unter www.gesis.org/summerschool!
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences offers a new research methods training opportunity:
The 1st GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology
This event is designed for doctoral students and junior researchers who wish to conduct their own survey, improve their understanding of the generation and quality of existing survey data, or engage in methodological research. It will take place from August 9 to 25, 2012 at the University of Cologne, Germany.
The programme includes refresher courses, main courses around 10 themes, a stimulating evening as well as a social programme. The main course themes are:
1. Questionnaire Design
2. Complex Survey Sampling
3. Measurement, Interview and Data Quality
4. Mail Surveys
5. Web Surveys
6. Mixed Methods
7. Vignette Analysis
9. Cross-National Comparative Surveys
10. Translation and Harmonisation in Cross-National Surveys
Online application has started, so please go to our website for further information, a pdf brochure, and access to the application system. Also check out our facebook page!
We are happy to announce that application for summer school participation is now open. If you have already selected the course(s) you wish to apply for, you may go straight to the summer school application and registration system to set up a user account and apply for the various courses. Later on, you will be able log on again to edit your information, access payment details and print your invoice.
We’re now on Facebook, too. We have entered the Summer School 2012 as an event where you can indicate to other people if you intend to participate. We hope this will allow you to connect with each other already before the summer school starts, e.g. to organise room sharing. Let us know what you think!
Please get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions. We’d also be grateful if you could spread the information to your friends and colleagues.
& the GESIS Summer School team
FORS and the University of Lausanne are offering
A Postdoctoral Fellowship
in the field of survey methodology
for a period of 12 months, plus possibly a maximum of 24 additional months, starting in Spring 2012.
The Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS) enhances and supports work in the social sciences by conducting survey and methodological research. It produces important longitudinal datasets like the Swiss Household Panel and the Swiss part of cutting edge international comparative surveys like SHARE, the ESS, the EVS, and the ISSP. FORS places significant emphasis on the study of how to improve data quality, including methodological research on non-response, language and translation in surveys, and mixed modes.
The National Centre of Competence in Research “LIVES – Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspectives” analyzes the effects of post-industrial economies and societies on the development of vulnerability in terms of social exclusion or precariousness. Hosted by the University of Lausanne, the NCCR brings together national and international researchers to examine life courses. The NCCR has a strong focus on methdological questions concerning the collection and analysis of longitudinal and biographical data, as well as on the combination of survey and event data.
We offer a fellowship in an interdisciplinary and stimulating environment, which is dedicated about half time to contributing to our in-house methodological projects. The other 50% will be devoted to your own research in the field of survey methodology.
Applicants are required to hold an academic degree in the social sciences (Dr., Ph.D. or equivalent). They are expected to have survey and/or methodological research experience and a scientific publication record in the field. Selection will be based on the proposed research plan in methodological issues. Empirical parts of the research plan are expected to be based on FORS data sets (SHARE, SHP, ESS, ISSP, EVS, etc.).
A good command of English (spoken and written) is essential in our multilingual scientific setting. Familiarity with French and/or German are desirable.
Salary according to the regulations of the University of Lausanne. Beginning of appointment to be agreed upon. The directors of FORS and ISS (Institut des Sciences Sociales) of the University of Lausanne will be happy to answer your questions.
Please submit your application (in English) with the usual documents and your detailed research plan no later than November 30, 2011 to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GESIS-Summer School Survey Methodology
9-25 August 2012, Cologne, Germany
Surveys are the main method of systematic data collection in the Social Sciences. Surveys provide empirical data for researchers to analyse, and are an important source of information for business, charities and policy makers. There are numerous types of surveys suited for different purposes. Given the variety and complexity of survey research, designing and conducting a survey that effectively and efficiently serves a specific purpose requires specialised expertise and skill (as well as a good team). The GESIS Summer School offers high quality training in state of the art techniques and methods of survey research. It aims to equip participants with essential skills in the design, planning, execution, documentation and quality assurance of surveys of households, individuals or organisations.