Workshop: Introduction to Online Surveys

When: Thursday, Feburary 22, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: WI (Flexroom), online

Online surveys have become a standard tool in social science research. They are inexpensive to administer and provide insights into concepts such as attitudes, experiences, and perceptions, which are difficult to assess using other methods. Unlike pen-and-paper surveys, it is easy to incorporate digital media content into a survey, which also allows for sophisticated setups such as experimental designs. However, as simple and promising as they may seem, there are many pitfalls and challenges to consider when creating online surveys, even for experienced researchers. This workshop will be held at the Weizenbaum Institute and online, and is open to both QPD and external participants. Led by members of the Methods Lab, Martin Emmer (FU and WI) first gives a theoretical introduction to the design and logic of online surveys. Then, Christian Strippel provides insights into working with access panel providers and. Roland Toth then shows how to effectively set up an online survey using LimeSurvey—a tool that is already hosted for institute members at the Weizenbaum Institute. Finally, the topics of ethics and data protection in the context of online surveys are addressed.

Martin Emmer is the Principal Investigator (PI) of both the Methods Lab and the Weizenbaum Panel at WI.

Christian Strippel is team lead of both the Methods Lab and the Weizenbaum Panel at WI.

Roland Toth is Data Scientist at the Methods Lab.