Designing, Implementing, and Analyzing Longitudinal Surveys
The course will provide an overview of those aspects of survey design, implementation, and analysis that are unique to longitudinal surveys or that have distinct features in the longitudinal context. The course will specifically cover:
A review of the advantages and limitations of longitudinal surveys and an outline of some of the uses to which longitudinal surveys are put.
Key aspects of longitudinal survey design such as the sampling design, interval between waves, and data collection modes.
Important aspects of designing a questionnaire and measurement for longitudinal studies, particularly for capturing micro-level change.
The impact of non-response and attrition in a panel, and adjustments such as weighting and imputation given that missing data patterns differ between waves.
An introduction to important analysis considerations and methods when using a longitudinal survey design.
In addition, each morning time will be available in a computer lab for exercises for practical application of these methods and an opportunity for more interaction with the instructors.