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Research Methods Spring Break

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Research Methods Spring Break Pols 201

Lauren Jones
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This is the spring break week of reading
Research Methods in Political Science
Adam Eckerd
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Pols 201, Research Method
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Date Created: 03/20/16
Chapter 7 and Chapter 9  Survey Method o 7.1 Sampling Principles  Surveys need  A clearly defined population  If possible, a simple random sample from a sample frame  Otherwise, systematic sampling techniques such as list, stratified…  A sample size of at least 30 o 7.2 Types of Survey  Census  Aims for responses from everybody in a population to get basic demographic data for info  Questions can be interpreted oddly, even if trying to ask the same things  Easier to identify shortcomings of censuses than to provide better data  Basis that the census is correct, to move forward  Cross-Sectional Surveys  Particular population, particular time o Most often used  Longitudinal Surveys  Repetition of a cross sectional o Shows the change in views  Trend studies: different samples from a general population  Cohort studies  Follows the same population over time  Panel studies  Same sample over time, difficult to do. o 7.3 Implementation Options  Street interviews: non-random, haphazard sample  Face-to-face interviews  Probably more valid  Group administration  Non response less of a problem  Mail interviews  Non reply is high  Phone interviews  Non reply  Internet questionnaires  Technical problems are involved here. o 7.4 Survey Protocols  Procedures to be followed  Interviewer training  Strict rules that don’t persuade to one side o 7.5 Managing surveys  Survey director  Coordinator, writer, pilot test  Survey manager  Establish links with authorities  Field supervisor  On the job supervision of interviewers  Interviewers  Face to face talker  Data analyst  Roels here are data entry, checking, formatting o 7.6 Increasing response rates  Survey fatigue is often  Know a helper  Explain  Identification  Offer feedback  Do not be bossy  Do not take any substitutes Chapter 9  Available Data o 9.1 Sampling principles  Difficult to gauge completeness  Files  When they provide lists, you can sample, but if a frame exist, you can study the population, and not the sample o 9.2 Validity and reliability  Primary data  Means intervies and personal reports from actual participants  When analyzed for V and R it is considered primary documents  Secondary data  Reporting based on others accounts o Less valid, but can be added to it o Incomplete records  Unintentional typically o Biased o Intentional incompleteness  Informal censoring. To fit what needed  External criticism o Identify if data is viable  Internal criticism o Consideration of the meaning of the data o 9.3 Content analysis  Classification  Chronologically, nominal,  Evaluation  Takes analysis further to an interpretative level o 9.4 Presenting text  Keep themes literature review present, moving around and parafrashing per paragraph o 9.5 Using Numerical Data  Coding of data must be accurate  Requirement of converting o Face validity  Judgement that validates judgement available from other research projects 


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