Chapter 8. Survey Research
1. Go to the Social Information Gateway (SOSIG) at http://sosig.esrc.bris.ac.uk. Search
SOSIG for electronic journal articles that use surveys to collect information on crime,
criminal behavior, or criminal victimization. Find at least five articles and briefly
2. Go to the Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) at
www.nsd.uib.no/cessda/index.html. Go to “Accessing Data,” and then click on
“CESSDA Catalogue.” From here you can browse the catalogue by topic, keyword, or
publisher. Browse the publications list or conduct a search at the site for at least three
countries for studies that use surveys to collect information on crime, criminal behavior,
or criminal victimization. What type of information did you find? If possible, do a cross-
national comparison between the studies reviewed in Web Exercise 1 and the studies
found in this exercise.
3. Who does survey research, and how do they do it? These questions can be answered
through careful inspection of ongoing surveys and the organizations that administer them
at www.ciser.cornell.edu/info/polls.shtml. Spend some time reading about the different
survey research organizations, and write a brief summary of the types of research they
conduct, the projects in which they are involved, and the resources they offer on their
Web sites. What are the distinctive features of different survey research organizations?
4. Go to the Research Triangle Institute site at www.rti.org. Click on “Survey Research and
Services” and then on “Capabilities.” Read about the institute’s methods for computer-
assisted interviewing and mixed-mode data collection. Next, click on “Methodologies” at
the bottom of the screen, and then access “Questionnaire Design and Evaluation,” to
learn about innovative techniques including cognitive pretesting. What does this add to
your treatment of these topics in this chapter?
5. Go to The Question Bank at http://qb.soc.surrey.ac.uk/docs/home.htm. Go to the
“Surveys” link and then click on one of the listed surveys or survey sections that interests
you. Review 10 questions used in the survey, and critique them in terms of the principles
for question writing that you have learned. Do you find any question features that might
be attributed to the use of British English?