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Sailing in unchartered waters: structuring and documenting cross-national questionnaire design

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Fitzgerald, Rory

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Corporate Editor GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Abstract In recent years there have been important improvements in many areas of cross-national survey methodology. Yet one of the most central areas, questionnaire design, has received less attention. This article introduces, illustrates and evaluates a questionnaire design and documentation template that aims to better structure and document cross-national questionnaire design, largely unchartered territory to date. The article will demonstrate how the template conceptually structures the process of design, facilitates communication between the multiple actors involved and brings cross-national pretesting findings together into a coherent framework. The ways in which the template makes the measurement aims clear and the design process transparent, are also explored.
Keywords questionnaire; development; survey research; European Social Survey; international comparison; data documentation; data capture; validity; reliability
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
City Mannheim
Page/Pages 26 p.
Series GESIS Papers, 2015/05
ISSN 2364-3781
Status Published Version; not reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications