Rossi, Peter H., Anderson, Andy B., and Wright, James D.
Sociology--Research--Methodology, Sampling (Statistics), and Social surveys
Handbook of Survey Research provides an introduction to the theory and practice of sample survey research. It addresses both the student who desires to master these topics and the practicing survey researcher who needs a source that codifies, rationalizes, and presents existing theory and practice. The handbook can be organized into three major parts. Part 1 sets forth the basic theoretical issues involved in sampling, measurement, and management of survey organizations. Part 2 deals mainly with''hands-on,''how-to-do-it issues: how to draw theoretically acceptable samples, how to write questionnaires, how to combine responses into appropriate scales and indices, how to avoid response effects and measurement errors, how actually to go about gathering survey data, how to avoid missing data (and what to do when you cannot), and other topics of a similar nature. Part 3 considers the analysis of survey data, with separate chapters for each of the three major multivariate analysis modes and one chapter on the uses of surveys in monitoring overtime trends. This handbook will be valuable both to advanced students and to practicing survey researchers seeking a detailed guide to the major issues in the design and analysis of sample surveys and to current state of the art practices in sample surveys.
This article discusses a research on the structure of semantic space. Semantic space is characterized by three orthogonal bipolar dimensions having a common origin in a symmetric Euclidean space. Tests of such structural characteristics consist of factor analytic studies of responses to semantic differential schedules. It was found that factor analyses of semantic differential data have resulted in factor structures which are consistent over a variety of subjects, scales, and concepts. Responses to the semantic differential are said to be consistent with the semantic space model. It is not clear however, whether such traits result because of the characteristics of human semantic judgment or because of characteristics of the measuring instrument used to elicit the judgment.
SOCIAL science methodology, SOCIAL policy, POLICY sciences, EVALUATION research (Social action programs), SOCIAL science literature, INCOME maintenance programs, and SOCIAL science research
Policy experiments represent a powerful tool for testing the consequences of contemplated social programs. However, experimentation in the policy field raises perplexing problems and issues, some of which are not commonly encountered in the literature of experimental social science. This paper examines several issues that seem particularly important and intriguing, drawing heavily on experiences in income maintenance experimentation, one of the largest efforts in policy experimentation to date. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]