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 the social sciences.

Surveying in Multicultural and Multinational Contexts

Beth-Ellen Pennell Kristen Cibelli Hibben


The scope, scale, and number of multicultural and multinational surveys continue to grow as researchers and policy-makers seek data to inform research and policy across numerous substantive domains. This chapter addresses some of the key methodological and operational challenges facing surveys that are specifically designed to achieve comparability across cultures or nations. We begin with a discussion of how multicultural and multinational surveys differ from surveys carried out in a single culture or nation. We define a set of contextual dimensions and discuss how each of these dimensions may pose methodological challenges for survey design and implementation. In light of the many challenges faced, ...

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