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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 ...

Documenting Survey Data Across the Life Cycle
Documenting survey data across the life cycle
Mary VardiganPeter GrandaLynette Hoelter
INTRODUCTION

Just as expectations around open access to research data have risen in recent years, so too have expectations for robust metadata and documentation that provide a complete picture of a dataset from its inception through data publication and beyond. Researchers increasingly want access to detailed information about what happens in the early phases of survey design and implementation: the sampling process, questionnaire development, fieldwork, post-survey data processing, weighting – basically all elements of the survey data life cycle. It is clear that knowing more about what occurs along the life course of a survey sheds light on the quality of the resulting dataset. Open access to data itself ...

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