Katja Lozar Manfreda, PhD, Anže Sendelbah, Gregor Čehovin and Miha Matjašič from the Centre for Social Informatics recently attended the 2016 RC33 Conference: 9th International Conference on Social Science Methodology.
Prof. Katja Lozar Manfreda, PhD presented the paper “Usability of Offline and Online Focus Groups for Pretesting Sensitive Questionnaires,” which was prepared in collaboration with Valentina Hlebec, PhD, Tina Kogovšek, PhD and Bojana Lobe, PhD. The purpose of the paper was to explore usability of offline and online focus groups for pretesting wording in sensitive questionnaires via a systematic analysis of 42 offline and online focus groups conducted in November and December 2014.
Anže Sendelbah’s presentation was titled “Effects of questionnaire characteristics on web survey page response times: analysis of an archive of web surveys,” and was co-authored by Vasja Vehovar, PhD. Using a sample of 60 surveys with over 8000 respondents, their study extended findings from past research by building a multi-level model for predicting web survey page response times based on question length, complexity and type.
Gregor Čehovin presented the paper “Meta-analyses in survey research: A systematic review,” which was prepared together with Michael Bosnjak, PhD and Katja Lozar Manfreda, PhD. The main objectives of the presentation were to 1) systematically classify existing meta-analyses in the field of survey methodology; 2) investigate the methodology of the meta-analyses; 3) identify substantive gaps in research; and 4) further popularize meta-analysis as a scientific method in the survey methodology field.
The title of Miha Matjašič’s paper was “The Efficiency of Nonparametric Methods in the Detection of Response Time Outliers in Web Surveys,” co-authored by Vasja Vehovar, PhD. Their study addressed two challenges: 1) which approach is the most optimal for dealing with response time outliers in web surveys and also has the optimal cutting point (i.e. lowest percentage of outliers), and 2) investigating the robustness of the approaches across various distributions (normal, log-normal).
SAGE Publications, the worldwide publisher of textbooks, reference works and journals was also present at the 2016 RC33 conference. Their kiosk featured the book Web Survey Methodology, which was published in 2015 and authored by Mario Callegaro, PhD, Katja Lozar Manfreda, PhD and Vasja Vehovar, PhD.
The 2016 RC33 Conference was held at the University of Leicester in United Kingdom, from 11 to 16 September 2016. RC33 organized the first International Conference on Social Science Methodology in Amsterdam in 1984, and subsequently the conference has been held every four years. The International Sociological Associaton (ISA) Research Committee RC33 on Logic and Methodology was established in 1973.