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Developing mixed mode questionnaires for household surveys - 2024

Course LeaderDag F GRAVEM
Target GroupPretesting, data collection and subject matter specialists conducting or planning mixed mode data collection for social surveys covered by the IESS framework regulation.
Entry Qualifications
  • Sound command of English. Participants should be able to make short interventions and to actively participate in discussions
  • An interest in mixed mode data collection and quality improvement
  • To create an awareness of the possibilities and challenges of mixed mode questionnaire design generally, and for IESS surveys  specifically.
  • A presentation of key terms and approaches in mixed mode data collection and questionnaire design, including question characteristics associated with measurement differences
  • A presentation and discussion of IESS model questionnaires and methodological guidelines concerning question and questionnaire requirements, with emphasis on the LFS and EU-SILC.
  • Methods for evaluating and testing mixed mode questionnaires
  • Group work evaluating and adapting questions for mixed mode
Expected OutcomeThe ability to critically evaluate, test and develop questionnaires for mixed mode data collection. The ability to critically evaluate and improve model questionnaires, variable descriptions and other documentation for Eurostat and other cross-national surveys to be conducted in mixed mode. 
Training Methods
  • Presentations and lectures
  • Exchange of views/experiences on national practices
  • Group work
Required Reading
  • Gravem, D., & Berg, N (2019): Recommendations for key questionnaire elements, questions and question types in mixed mode settings. Related to the European Statistical System’s personal and household surveys. Grant agreement 07112.2017.010-2017.786, WP4, Deliverable 3.
Suggested Reading
  • DeLeeuw, E. D. (2018). Mixed-Mode: Past, Present, and Future. Survey Research Methods12(2), 75-89.
  • Horwitz, R., Lesser, V., Marken, S., Mathiowetz, G. N., Opsomer, J., Steiger, W. D., & Sterrett, W. D. (2019). Report of the AAPOR Task Force on Transitions from Telephone Surveys to Self-Administered and Mixed-Mode Surveys. Especially chapters 4 and 5.
  • Schouten, B., Brakel, J.V.D., Buelens, B., Giesen, D., Luiten, A., & Meertens, V. (2021). Mixed-Mode Official Surveys: Design and Analysis (1st ed.). Chapman and Hall/CRC. Chapter 6.
  • Methodological guidelines and model questionnaires for IESS surveys
Required PreparationBring examples of questions from IESS surveys currently used or intended to be used in mixed mode data collection.


Dag F. GRAVEM (Statistics Norway)

Other experienced staff from Statistics Norway’s Department of methods and data collection


Practical Information    
WhenDurationWhereOrganiserApplication via National Contact Point
21-23.10.20243 daysOslo, NorwayStatistics NorwayDeadline: 06.09.2024