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Improving the Quality of Your Survey Research Data Collection: Tips from Seasoned Professionals

June 28, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

This event is sponsored by the Community-Academic Partnerships program:

Registration required by June 14 at https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_egOkb30ir6H7Rul.

No fee. Continental breakfast and box lunch provided.

The UW Survey Center has conducted more than a thousand surveys since its inception in 1987. At this event, Survey Center Associate Director John Stevenson and Distinguished Scientist and Senior Survey Methodologist Dr. Jennifer Dykema will discuss the resources the center brings to campus, how to use these resources, and how to enhance your grant applications by adding their expertise.  At this session they will talk about what the Survey Center can add to your study by highlighting some best practices in new and prevailing survey research methods, how to develop instruments to collect high quality data, and more.

This event will benefit investigators, scientists, and research staff. It will be geared toward survey research in the health sciences, but useful to any discipline that uses questionnaires to collect data.

8:00 –8:30 am – Check in & Continental breakfast (coffee, tea, pastries)
8:30–9:30 am –

How to boost the quality of your studies, John Stevenson

  • Overview of UWSC’s survey research services and capabilities
  • Biomarker and other health data collection services
  • Examples of projects for the health sciences
  • Qualitative research services
  • How to work with the Center – collaborating for the highest quality data
  • Improving your submission for reviewers
  • Q&A

Improving response rates: A few tips, John Stevenson & Jennifer Dykema

  • Incentives

9:30–9:45 am – Break
9:45­–10:45 am –

Improving response rates (continued)

  • Innovative survey designs
  • Q&A

Instrument validation: An overview and introduction, Jennifer Dykema

  • Instrument development
  • Pro bono services of the Survey Center
  • Technical Survey Review – What it is and how it can benefit you

10:45–11:00 am – Break
11:00 am–Noon –

Instrument validation (continued)

  • Cognitive interviewing
  • Q&A

    Noon – Box lunch and free-range networking


June 28, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Signe Scott Cooper Hall
701 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705 United States
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