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 6: Defining and Assessing Survey Climate
Defining and Assessing Survey Climate
In Wikipedia, the Internet encyclopedia, climate is defined as:
a measure of the average pattern of variation in temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, atmospheric particle count and other meteorological variables in a given region over long periods of time. Climate is different than weather, in that weather only describes the short-term conditions of these variables in a given region. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate, accessed January 29, 2014)
This classical climatological definition reveals the basic characteristics of a climate: it refers to average values of different aspects, it is regional and only observable over a longer period. It differs from temporary weather. What does this general definition of climate mean to describe ...