Experimental Design For Surveys

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Experimental Design for Surveys - Course Details

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Single Course Price:

800.00 EUR (tax exempt)



Ashley Amaya, PhD (Pew Research Center)

Video lecture:

Roger Tourangeau, PhD (Pew Research Center)


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Course Description

Short Course Description
This course examines how to embed experiments in surveys. It covers both the design of survey experiments and the analysis of the results.

At least one prior course in data analysis. Ability to use SAS or STATA.

Course Objectives
By the end of the course, students will

  •   know about basic principles of experimental design
  •   recognize the main types of experimental designs
  •   improve the quality of designs used to carry out methodological research in or for surveys
  •   develop critical skills to spot flaws in experimental and nonexperimental designs to support causal inferences
  •  imp rove skills at analyzing results of survey experiments
  • improve skills as both consumer and producer of experiments done to shed light on survey methodological issues

Course Composition
This is a 4 ECTS course, which runs for 8 weeks. The content of the course is broken down into 8 units:

  1. Introduction
  2. Examples of Experiments in Surveys
  3. Experimental Designs I
  4. Experimental Designs II
  5. Comparability and Generalizability
  6. Construct Validity I
  7. Construct Validity II; Statistical Validity
  8. Wrap-Up

Learning and Teaching Methods
In this course, you are responsible for watching video recorded lectures and reading the required literature for each unit and then “attending” mandatory weekly one-hour online meetings where students have the chance to discuss the materials from a unit with the instructor. In addition, students are encouraged to post questions about the materials covered in the videos and readings of the week in the forum before the meetings. As with an on-site course, homework will be assigned and graded and there will be three quizzes.

Grading will be based on:

  • 3 Online quizzes (worth 45% total)
  • 3 exercises (worth 45% total)
  • Participation in online discussions (worth 10%)

ZFU Certification and Online Dispute Resolution

ZFU Certification

The Mannheim Master of Applied Data Science & Measurement program is certified according to the regulations of the ZFU (Staatliche Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht).


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