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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 ...

Chapter 33: Harmonizing Survey Questions Between Cultures and Over Time

Harmonizing Survey Questions Between Cultures and Over Time
Harmonizing survey questions between cultures and over time
Christof WolfSilke L. SchneiderDorothe BehrDominique Joye
INTRODUCTION

Comparing societies across time or space is an important research approach in the social sciences. This approach allows studying how the collective context, such as economic conditions, laws, educational systems or welfare state institutions, shapes the values, attitudes, behaviors and life chances of individuals. Obviously, the validity of this kind of research depends on the quality of the underlying data. If data are gathered using a survey, than sampling, survey mode, question wording, translation, field-work practice or coding all affect the quality and comparability of the resulting data (some of these issues are discussed in Chapters 4, 12, 19, 20 and 23 in this ...

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