20 January 2006
In a 3-day conference at IQSS, Jon Krosnik is currently presenting chapters of a forthcoming 'Handbook of Questionnaire Design: Insights from Social and Cognitive Psychology'. Applied social scientists have put a lot of effort into improving research methods once the data is collected. However some of the evidence that Krosnik discusses shows that those efforts may be frustrated: getting the data may be a rather weak link in the chain of research.
Everyone who collected data themselves will know about those issues. The Handbook might be good way to get a structured review and facilitate more throrough thinking.
PS: The conference is this years' Eric M. Mindich 'Encounters with Authors' symposium. An outline is here.