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Survey Methodology is becoming a more structured field of research, deserving of more and more academic attention. The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology explores both the increasingly scientific endeavour of surveys and their growing complexity, as different data collection modes and information sources are combined. The handbook takes a global approach, with a team of international experts looking at local and national specificities, as well as problems of cross-national, comparative survey research. The chapters are organized into seven major sections, each of which represents a stage in the survey life-cycle: Surveys and Societies Planning a Survey Measurement Sampling Data Collection Preparing Data for Use Assessing and Improving Data Quality The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology is a landmark and essential tool for any scholar within ...

Non-probability Sampling
Non-probability sampling
Vasja VehovarVera ToepoelStephanie Steinmetz

A sample is a subset of a population and we survey the units from the sample with the aim to learn about the entire population. However, the sampling theory was basically developed for probability sampling, where all units in the population have known and positive probabilities of inclusion. This definition implicitly involves randomization, which is a process resembling lottery drawing, where the units are selected according to their inclusion probabilities. In probability sampling the randomized selection is used instead of arbitrary or purposive sample selection of the researcher, or, instead of various self-selection processes run by respondents. Within this context, the notion of non-probability sampling denotes the absence of probability sampling mechanism.

In this chapter we first reflect on ...

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