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Survey Design

About the course

This course will cover the skills needed to design questionnaire-based surveys, focussing on the practical application of statistical ideas and methods. The software G*Power will be used to demonstrate the topics covered.

This course is aimed at those who need to plan and design questionnaire-based surveys. It is the first day of our two-day Survey Design and Analysis course.

The day covers the vital activities of designing a quality survey and obtaining a good sample. It covers the following topics.

  • Defining your sample
  • Choosing the right sampling methods to obtain a representative sample (e.g. stratified sampling, cluster sampling, multi-stage sampling, …)
  • Deciding on the best way to collect your data (e.g. online, face-to-face, postal questionnaire, …)
  • Designing questions to get good quality answers
  • Deciding on the sample size needed to get estimates that have sufficient accuracy
  • Using effect sizes and power to decide the sample size needed for statistical tests
  • The software G*Power will be used to demonstrate sample size calculations

See our full range of courses (and options for bespoke courses) here or contact the course organiser, Prof Neil Spencer, at

Course fees

This course is currently only available by attending the full two-day Survey Design and Analysis course, but dates can be organised if an organisation have a group of people wanting to take this course.