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.

Chapter 39: Assessment of Cross-Cultural Comparability

Assessment of Cross-Cultural Comparability

Jan Cieciuch Eldad Davidov Peter Schmidt Ren Algesheimer

INTRODUCTION – MEASUREMENT INVARIANCE AS A PRECONDITION FOR CROSS-CULTURAL COMPARABILITY

Comparing cultures seems to be easier nowadays than ever before. Researchers are provided with data collected in many different large cross-cultural surveys such as the European Social Survey (ESS), the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), the European Values Study (EVS) or the World Values Study (WVS), to name just a few. These datasets contain measurements of various variables that are considered to tap important social scientific dimensions of research, making them attractive for cross-culture comparisons and investigations. These variables include but are not limited to basic human ...

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