ERIC Number: ED423291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Six Criteria for Survey Sample Design Evaluation.
Wang, Lin; Fan, Xitao
The popularity of the sample survey in educational research makes it necessary for consumers to tell a good study from a poor one. Several sources were identified that gave advice on how to evaluate a sample design. The sources are either limited or too extensive to use in a practical sense. The purpose of this paper is to recommend six important yet practical criteria in evaluating the quality of a sample design in survey research. The six criteria are: (1) a clearly specified population; (2) an explicitly stated unit of analysis; (3) a specification of determining a desired sample size; (4) an informative description of the selection procedures; (5) a description of the response rate and nonrespondence treatment; and (6) demonstration of appropriate estimation procedures. For each criterion, discussion is focused on definitions, problems that are found in literature, and consequences of the problems. (Contains 26 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).