Each year, the social science departments invite a selection of expert speakers to give an informational presentation about a topic in their field. This year’s speakers for the fall semester are:
|October 18th|| |
The Spread of New Illegal
Practices Among Management Elite.
Building Effective Models
for Social Science Research.
Outcomes Among Children Adopted
Internationally at School-Age.
Each talk will begin at 12:30p in the Alumni Association Board Room. Professor Steve McMullen will distribute lunch tickets before the conversation begins. Each talk will end with enough time to get to 1:30p classes.
We hope to see you there!
Civic-minded friends, watch this space for news about our newest initiative, the Kent County Deliberative Poll®, inspired by and intended for local implementation in cooperation with James Fishkin and the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University.
Please extend a warm welcome to Project Coordinator Allison Rudi, who will be contacting a broad coalition of community partners and research organizations (including you) to advise, sponsor, conduct and benefit from this combined research and civic education project. This fall, we’ll be working on coalition-building, branding and design, fundraising, research design, project planning and budgeting, development of unbiased reading materials, recruitment of expert deliberative-democracy moderators, student involvement, and more.
Questions? Want to get in on the ground floor? Contact Allison by email or call CSR at 616 526-8934.
CSR is closing up another year of summer training for our staff and students. As with last year, these training sessions have been and will continue to be open to Calvin faculty, staff, and students, as well as some of our clients.
With a only a few sessions left, consider attending if any would be a good resource for you or your department. All training sessions will be from 1pm-4:30pm in North Hall 180.
Please click on any of the sessions you are interested in attending, and you will be taken to the corresponding Eventbrite page.
|Thursday 8/15||Tableau II|
|Thursday 8/22||Qualitative data collection|
Survey design is an integral part of our work here at the CSR. From the programs we evaluate to the research we conduct, the survey is still one of the leading measurement tools used for social research. While surveys have undergone serious electronic transformation with the introduction and increasing capabilities of various software programs, paper surveys are still in high demand from our clients.
Because of the high quantity of paper surveys that we design, the CSR is constantly looking for ways to improve them for our clients. One survey design trick that consistently benefits us is putting the entire survey into a (partially) invisible table.
Tables are typically seen as data displaying devices, because this is the reason that researchers typically need them. However, tables become more useful when their function is understood as displaying information in a visually organized and understandable way. Researchers aim for this same organization and clarity in their surveys. Tables can create a clean, uniform survey layout while concurrently grouping similar survey elements together for greater comprehensibility.
To put a survey into a table, we start by creating the table at the beginning of the survey building process. The amount of rows and columns can always be adjusted at any time to fit the contents of the survey. Then, we input all of our survey information.
Once complete, we decide which borders are helpful in creating an organized, understandable layout.
While putting a survey into tables may not be best way to design every survey, tables are a useful design tool for researchers to have at their disposal. Not only do surveys with unstructured layouts look clumsy, but they can also cause participants to answer questions inaccurately, creating validity problems within the research experiment. Therefore, to execute the best survey research possible, we at the CSR endorse the use of tables.