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Ben Jann & Thomas Hinz

In: The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology

Chapter 9: Research Question and Design for Survey Research

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Research Question and Design for Survey Research
Research question and design for survey research
Ben JannThomas Hinz
TYPES OF RESEARCH QUESTIONS

Surveys can generally be used to study various types of research questions in the social sciences. One important precondition is that researchers translate their research questions into corresponding survey questions that measure the concepts of interest. This process of operationalization is critical and needs thorough consideration (see Part III in this Handbook). In addition, respondents are assumed to provide meaningful and correct answers to questions presented in a survey format. Whenever these very basic criteria are met, a survey can help answer the given research question. Research questions can be general or specific. They can refer to attitudes or behaviors, to general or specific populations, to ...

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