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Beth-Ellen Pennell & Kristen Cibelli Hibben

In: The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology

Chapter 12: Surveying in Multicultural and Multinational Contexts

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Surveying in Multicultural and Multinational Contexts
Surveying in multicultural and multinational contexts
Beth-Ellen PennellKristen Cibelli Hibben

The scope, scale, and number of multicultural and multinational surveys continue to grow as researchers and policy-makers seek data to inform research and policy across numerous substantive domains. This chapter addresses some of the key methodological and operational challenges facing surveys that are specifically designed to achieve comparability across cultures or nations. We begin with a discussion of how multicultural and multinational surveys differ from surveys carried out in a single culture or nation. We define a set of contextual dimensions and discuss how each of these dimensions may pose methodological challenges for survey design and implementation. In light of the many challenges faced, we explore the issues of standardization, ...

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