Gentle Introduction to Survey Design for Evaluation

with Dr. Eric Jensen & Benjamin K. Smith

SocietyM London Bankside at citizenM hotel London Bankside Lavington Street, 20, SE1 0NZ London

About This Workshop

Ensure your use of surveys for evaluation ask the right questions so you can gather accurate, relevant data. This workshop provides a gentle introduction to survey design for evaluation. You will receive practical guidance in a friendly learning space aimed to help you and your organisation avoid common pitfalls in research methods and survey design.

This workshop introduces how, why and when to use surveys for evaluation and how to avoid common pitfalls in survey design. The event addresses the following:

  • Why use surveys for evaluation?
  • When you shouldn’t use surveys for evaluation.
  • How to develop a “good” survey question and response options.
  • Avoiding common pitfalls in survey design: How to spot a bad survey question and response options.
  • Using open-ended questions in your survey.
  • Using online, iPad-based and automated surveys.
  • Pilot testing your survey.

Benjamin K. Smith Doctoral Student at UC Santa Barbara

Benjamin Smith is a researcher at the University of California-Santa Barbara's Department of Communication and Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies.  He is an experienced social research expert, specialising in quantitative methods, marketing and market research. He has consulted as a statistics expert on numerous evaluations including the Manchester Science Festival in the UK.

His recent research has focused on quantitative research methodology in the context of big data and public attitudes measurement, including publications in journals such as Public Understanding of Science and Public Opinion Quarterly. His previous degrees are in communication and public relations. While broadly focused on public opinion and mass media, Benjamin's research has covered a wide variety of theoretical and contextual ground. His research has ranged from developing a synthesized model for predicting U.S. elections, based in part on Wikipedia page views, to a critical review of the UK's 2015 Public Attitudes to Science survey. In addition to his ongoing research related to science and political communication, Benjamin currently leads the Media Constructions of Terrorism project at the Orfalea Center, exploring the media's role in constructing public understandings of terrorism and extremism.

Latent Variable Modeling
Mixture Modeling
Network Analysis
Content Analysis
Survey & Experimental Design
Public Opinion
Forecasting

Dr. Eric Jensen Associate Professor

Dr. Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick) is a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Jensen is author of Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research (SAGE). He has extensive experience designing and conducting quantitative and mixed methods evaluations at institutions including the National Gallery, London Zoo, Natural History Museum, Cheltenham Literature Festival, the British Museum, San Diego Zoo and Bronx Zoo. Dr. Jensen holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge (UK). He teaches social research methods at the University of Warwick.
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Research Methods
Impact Evaluation
Survey Design
Qualitative Methods
Quantitative Methods

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Dr. Eric Jensen
Dr. Eric Jensen

Dr. Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick) is a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Benjamin K. Smith
Benjamin K. Smith

Benjamin Smith is a researcher at the University of California-Santa Barbara's Department of Communication and Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies.  He is an experienced social research expert, specialising in quantitative methods, marketing and market research. He has consulted as a statistics expert on numerous evaluations including the Manchester Science Festival in the UK.

Location

20 Lavington Street London, SE1 0NZ

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