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ESRC Festival of Social Science 2019: Social sciences and social surveys




Please note that the room location has changed from ELG03 to D112, Rhind Building.

Part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science 2019, this event will welcome people under the age of 18 to City, University of London.

Organised by the European Social Survey (ESS) and the Quantitative (Q)-Step programme - both based in the Sociology department - this interactive session will inform students about undertaking a large social survey across Europe every two years, and the benefits of studying quantitative methods at higher education level.

Along with six other institutes, the ESS collects data from face to face interviews to compare the attitudes of national populations on wide range of topics every two years.

The national Q-Step programme was established because the UK has a shortage of social scientists trained in the quantitative skills necessary to meet demand from employers.

Specifically, the session will introduce concepts of survey data collection, including: representative sampling (ensuring that all types of people are accurately represented); efforts to ensure accurate translation; modes of fieldwork collection (why people are asked the questions in person and not online); and weighting of data (to ensure the data reflects the demographics of each country).

It will also examine why non-representative survey data collection - e.g. data collected through social media polls and online survey platforms - can be problematic.

The session will culminate in two practical activities: the design of survey questions, and a demonstration of how to analyse quantitative data online.


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When and where

2.00pm - 4.00pmWednesday 6th November 2019

D112 Rhind Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1R 0JD United Kingdom