ERIC Number: ED435701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Practical Guidelines for Evaluating Sampling Designs in Survey Studies.
Fan, Xitao; Wang, Lin
The popularity of sample surveys in evaluation and research makes it necessary for consumers to tell a good survey from a poor one. Several sources were identified that gave advice on how to evaluate a sample design used in a survey study. The sources are either too limited or too extensive to be useful practically. The purpose of this paper is to recommend six important yet practical guidelines for evaluating the quality of a sample design in a survey study. The six guidelines 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 sample selection procedures; (5) a description of response rate and nonresponse treatment; and (6) demonstration of appropriate estimation procedures. For each guideline, discussion is focused on definitions, problems found in the literature, and the consequences of the problems. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association (14th, Orlando, FL, November 3-6, 1999).