• Social Science

Practical Tools for Designing and Weighting Survey Samples

Author: Richard Valliant,Jill A. Dever,Frauke Kreuter
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461464498
Category: Social Science
Page: 670
View: 7598
Survey sampling is fundamentally an applied field. The goal in this book is to put an array of tools at the fingertips of practitioners by explaining approaches long used by survey statisticians, illustrating how existing software can be used to solve survey problems, and developing some specialized software where needed. This book serves at least three audiences: (1) Students seeking a more in-depth understanding of applied sampling either through a second semester-long course or by way of a supplementary reference; (2) Survey statisticians searching for practical guidance on how to apply concepts learned in theoretical or applied sampling courses; and (3) Social scientists and other survey practitioners who desire insight into the statistical thinking and steps taken to design, select, and weight random survey samples. Several survey data sets are used to illustrate how to design samples, to make estimates from complex surveys for use in optimizing the sample allocation, and to calculate weights. Realistic survey projects are used to demonstrate the challenges and provide a context for the solutions. The book covers several topics that either are not included or are dealt with in a limited way in other texts. These areas include: sample size computations for multistage designs; power calculations related to surveys; mathematical programming for sample allocation in a multi-criteria optimization setting; nuts and bolts of area probability sampling; multiphase designs; quality control of survey operations; and statistical software for survey sampling and estimation. An associated R package, PracTools, contains a number of specialized functions for sample size and other calculations. The data sets used in the book are also available in PracTools, so that the reader may replicate the examples or perform further analyses.

    • Social Science

Pittsburgh Surveyed

Social Science and Social Reform in the Early Twentieth Century
Author: Maurine Weiner Greenwald,Margo J. Anderson
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre
ISBN: 9780822971757
Category: Social Science
Page: 292
View: 1009
From 1909-1914 the Pittsburgh Survey brought together statisticans, social workers, engineers, lawyers, physicians, economists, and city planners to study the effects of industrialization on the city of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Surveyed examines the accuracy and the impact of the influential Pittsburgh Survey, emphasizing its role in the social reform movement of the early twentieth century.

    • Social Science

Methods of Social Research

Pergamon International Library of Science, Technology, Engineering and Social Studies
Author: Margaret Stacey
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 1483136388
Category: Social Science
Page: 184
View: 1330
Methods of Social Research provides an introduction to the procedures of social research. This book shows that sample surveys are only one approach among many of undertaking social research. Organized into nine chapters, this book begins with an overview of the various methods of social investigation concerning those that increase the knowledge of the facts of social life. This text then explains the main reasons for doing research, including solving a practical problem and determining how something works just because it is interesting to know. Other chapters consider the method of observation utilized in the social sciences that fall into two main groups, namely, participant ad non-participant. This book discusses as well the importance of sample survey in gathering information about a particular population either on a simple matter of fact or religious or political allegiance. The final chapter considers several problems involved in designing and asking questions. Social scientists will find this book useful.

    • Law

Law and society

an introduction
Author: Lawrence Meir Friedman
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Category: Law
Page: 177
View: 9898
Surveys the functions and practice of law, its origins, history, and twentieth-century developments and characteristics, and theories and research bearing on legal systems


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Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780835221061
Page: 1444
View: 8750

    • Social Science

Social Science Research and Government

Comparative Essays on Britain and the United States
Author: Martin Bulmer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521323509
Category: Social Science
Page: 406
View: 7404
This collection of twenty original essays considers the relationship between social science research and government during the last 30 years in Britain and the United States especially the economic and social policies of Reagan and Thatcher governments. These essays will be useful to social science staff, graduate students and to policy-makers working inside government.

    • Political Science

Survey Research in the United States

Roots and Emergence 1890-1960
Author: Jean M. Converse
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 1412815797
Category: Political Science
Page: 599
View: 5300
Hardly an American today escapes being polled or surveyed or sampled. In this illuminating history, Jean Converse shows how survey research came to be perhaps the single most important development in twentieth-century social science. Everyone interested in survey methods and public opinion, including social scientists in many fi elds, will find this volume a major resource. Converse traces the beginnings of survey research in the practical worlds of politics and business, where elite groups sought information so as to infl uence mass democratic publics and markets. During the Depression and World War II, the federal government played a major role in developing surveys on a national scale. In the 1940s certain key individuals with academic connections and experience in polling, business, or government research brought surveys into academic life. By the 1960s, what was initially viewed with suspicion had achieved a measure of scientific acceptance of survey research. The author draws upon a wealth of material in archives, interviews, and published work to trace the origins of the early organizations (the Bureau of Applied Social Research, the National Opinion Research Center, and the Survey Research Center of Michigan), and to capture the perspectives of front-line fi gures such as Paul Lazarsfeld, George Gallup, Elmo Roper, and Rensis Likert. She writes with sensitivity and style, revealing how academic survey research, along with its commercial and political cousins, came of age in the United States.

    • Catalogs, Subject

Subject Catalog

Author: Library of Congress
Publisher: N.A
Category: Catalogs, Subject
Page: N.A
View: 8277

    • Union catalogs

National Union Catalog

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Union catalogs
Page: N.A
View: 1358
Includes entries for maps and atlases.

    • Political Science

Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences

A Pluralist Perspective
Author: Donatella Della Porta,Michael Keating
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139474596
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
View: 8605
A revolutionary textbook introducing masters and doctoral students to the major research approaches and methodologies in the social sciences. Written by an outstanding set of scholars, and derived from successful course teaching, this volume will empower students to choose their own approach to research, to justify this approach, and to situate it within the discipline. It addresses questions of ontology, epistemology and philosophy of social science, and proceeds to issues of methodology and research design essential for producing a good research proposal. It also introduces researchers to the main issues of debate and contention in the methodology of social sciences, identifying commonalities, historic continuities and genuine differences.