Trends, Challenges and the Art of Survey Writing for the Public Sector, NFP and Industry Research: Online- (2 days)

Taught by instructors with real-world experience as campaign consultants, survey researchers and data scientists, this masterclass will focus on teaching you about survey design. You will be shown how political survey research works, and sometimes doesn’t, how technology and social trends are changing survey research, and the best ways to write effective survey questions.

 

This course will be run over 2 days in three sessions per day:

  • 10.00 am - 11.30 am - Session 1
  • 12.00 pm - 1.30 pm - Session 2
  • 2.30 pm - 4.00 pm - Session 3

 

This course is being held online via Zoom and run on Australian Eastern Daylight Time (UTC +11)

 

 
Master Class - runs over 2 days
Instructor: 

Dr Shaun Ratcliff is an applied data scientist, political scientist and survey researcher. Over the past six years, he has provided consulting services for national political campaigns, trade unions, corporate and not-for-profit clients. He is currently working on several projects, including as a consulting data scientist for survey research firm YouGov.
He manages complex survey projects, designing instruments to measure and track behaviours and attitudes, and identifying ways to engage with the public. He also applies innovative data science methods to political, policy and industry research. He has a PhD in political science from Monash University, and holds an affiliation with the University of Sydney, where he is a lecturer in data science in the Faculty of Engineering and holds an honorary appointment with the United States Studies Centre. He has also taught at The University of Melbourne and Monash University.
Between 2017 and 2022, he directed the survey research program at the United States Studies Centre. He also coordinated the 2019 Cooperative Australian Election Survey. With a sample of more than 7,000 respondents, this is the largest academic election survey run in Australia to date. His academic research focuses on the issue preferences and political behaviour of voters. Current projects include work to understand citizens’ attitudes towards the COVID-19 pandemic and public policy responses.
For further details visit his website

Course dates: Monday 25 October 2021 - Tuesday 26 October 2021
Course status: Course completed (no new applicants)
Venue: 
Online
Week: 
Week 1
About this course: 

We are in the middle of a data revolution. Research and decision-making in the private, not for profit and public sectors is not immune from its effects. Modern policy research in particular has become increasingly data driven.

 

High quality data collection is a significant part of this, and the use of survey-type instruments, from the Census to polling, has become increasingly important. However, there have been some large public failures in recent years. Why have there been problems with the Census, how have surveys gotten some recent elections so wrong, and how can they be effectively used to collect data for research, target campaigns and messaging, or design policy?

 

Taught by instructors with real-world experience as campaign consultants, survey researchers and data scientists, this masterclass will focus on teaching you about survey design. You will be shown how political survey research works, and sometimes doesn’t, how technology and social trends are changing survey research, and the best ways to write effective survey questions. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to develop the survey instruments needed for data-driven decision making and advice. It is also designed to help provide an understanding of how large survey projects are run for political campaigns and academic studies.

Course syllabus: 

Day 1

    1. a) Introductions b) The anatomy of a survey (mode, sample and uses)
    2. What makes a good survey question
    3. Data^2: Matching survey data to other information to turbocharge research

 

Day 2

    1. Data mining and ethical concerns
    2. The art of survey design: Surveys for public sector and corporate research
    3. a) problems facing survey research, and some solutions b) conclusion

Course format: 

This workshop will take place online ‘live’ via zoom.

There are no specific software prerequisites, just email, a web browser and a word processor

Recommended Background: 

No Prerequisites needed.

 

Recommended Texts: 

Some light reading will be provided before the course begins.

Course fees
Member: 
$1,480
Non Member: 
$2,280
Full time student Member: 
$1,280
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