Responsive Survey Design (RSD) Program

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Offered in partnership with the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, the RSD webinars combine an explanation of the basic principles of RSD with practical advice for implementation. The webinars provide concrete examples of responsive designs. These examples are drawn from a variety of settings, including face-to-face, telephone, web, and mixed-mode surveys.

What is Responsive Survey Design?

Surveys are frequently designed with a great deal of uncertainty about key parameters, such as response rates. Responsive survey design (RSD) is a strategy for dealing with this uncertainty. RSD was first proposed in 2006 in a paper by Groves and Heeringa. RSD makes use of data collected during early phases of production to inform decisions made about the design for later phases. In this way, the uncertainty about key design parameters is reduced. RSD may be used to control costs and errors, such as nonresponse error and measurement error. The general strategy of responsive design is to identify potential risks related to costs or errors, develop indicators for tracking these risks, and then plan design changes for controlling these costs or errors. These responsive design options are triggered if the indicators cross pre-specified thresholds.

The RSD Program now offers more flexibility than ever to take any of its webinars. All offerings will be offered in a live webinar format. Students will still have the ability to ask questions, work with the instructors and participate in small group exercises, but all from the privacy of their home or a location of their choosing, including Ann Arbor! The program will be offered completely online this year.

In 2022, the RSD Program will offer the following webinars:

RSD Webinar: Total Data Quality-Part 1, 9:00am-1:30pm, June 20-M

RSD Webinar: Total Data Quality-Part 2, 9:00am-1:30pm, June 22-W

RSD Webinar: Introduction to Survey Methodology, 9:00am-1:00pm, June 24-F

RSD Webinar: Basic Concepts in Responsive Survey Design, 9:00am-1:00pm ,June 27- M

RSD Webinar: Case Studies in Responsive Design Research: Face to Face and Phone Surveys, 9:00am-1:00pm, June 29-W

RSD Webinar: Case Studies in Responsive Design Research in Web Surveys, 9:00am-1:00pm, June 30-Th

RSD Webinar: Interventions in a Responsive Survey Design Framework-Part 1, 9:00am-1:00pm, July 13-W

RSD Webinar: Interventions in a Responsive Survey Design Framework-Part 2, 9:00am-1:00pm, July 15-F

RSD Webinar: Data Visualization for Active Monitoring-Part 1, 9:00am-1:00pm, July 18-M

RSD Webinar: Data Visualization for Active Monitoring-Part 2, 9:00am-1:00pm,July 20-W

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