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.

Basics of Sampling for Survey Research

Yves Till Alina Matei


Sampling consists of selecting a subset of units or elements from a finite population for the purpose of extrapolating the results obtained on this subset to the entire population. Sampling is mainly intended to reduce the survey costs. The methodology that enables us to extrapolate has been the subject of many debates and is still controversial. This chapter offers a view of the main probabilistic sampling schemes and statistical inference approaches used in survey sampling theory. The chapter is structured as follows. The next section introduces the basic concepts and notation. It also shows the difference between probabilistic and non-probabilistic samples, including a discussion of the ...

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