The Fourth Edition has been updated in four primary ways: it much more prominently addresses the growth of the Internet for data collection and the subsequent rapid expansion of online survey usage; it addresses the precipitous drop in response rates for telephone surveys, particularly those based on random-digit dialling; it offers new and expanded coverage monitoring the continued improvement in techniques for presurvey evaluation of questions; and it addresses the growing role of individual cell phone in addition - and often instead of - household landlines. Two new chapters, "The Nature of Error in Surveys" and "Issues in Analyzing Survey Data," further emphasize the importance of minimizing nonsampling errors through superior question design, quality interviewing, and high response rates. This book has been an ideal course companion for survey research and research methods courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Floyd J. Fowler, Jr. is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1966. A Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 1971, he was Director of the Center for 14 years. Dr. Fowler is the author or co-author of four textbooks on survey methods, including Survey Research Methods, Improving Survey Questions, Standardized Survey Interviewing (with Mangione), and Survey Methodology (with Groves, Couper, Lepkowski, et. al), as well as numerous research papers and monographs. His recent work has focused on studies of question design and evaluation techniques and applying survey methods to studies of medical care.
1. Introduction 2. Types of Error in Surveys 3. Sampling 4. Nonresponse: Implementing a Sample Design 5. Methods of Data Collection 6. Designing Questions to Be Good Measures 7. Evaluating Survey Questions and Instruments 8. Survey Interviewing 9. Preparing Survey Data for Analysis 10. Analyzing Survey Data 11. Ethical Issues in Survey Research 12. Providing Information about Survey Methods 13. Survey Error in Perspective