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 42: Supplementing Cross-National Survey Data with Contextual Data
Supplementing Cross-National Survey Data with Contextual Data
The increasing availability and use of contextual data mark important developments for social scientists as they open the door to leveraging cross-national public opinion datasets in new and exciting ways. By adding contextual information, researchers can take into account socio-economic and institutional settings and how such contexts affect survey respondents. The importance of context in understanding behavior should not be underestimated: contextual variables are becoming indispensable across the social science disciplines, from economics to education. Sociologists use contextual data to trace the effect of groups and structures on individual outcomes (Erbring and Young, ...