Improving survey methodology: the ESS Index and Measurement - The cultural borders of meaning

English title: Improving survey methodology: the ESS Index and Measurement - The cultural borders of meaning

Author(s): A. Alaminos -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2004

Abstract

ESS is, very probably, one of the most significant efforts to improve social survey methodology. No doubt, its aimed by the "best practices" spirit. In that sense, to put at work extensively the "manuals" of survey methodology is certainly a qualitative jump in quantitative research. The starting point is optimal to reach excellence.This paper point out some comparability problems arriving from questions wording and translations, that emerges when testing measurement cross-culturally. Even with the best control on translation and wording, the invariance on theoretical meaning may not be reached. This is the case when questions define and stand for indicators of something different. For example, when measuring a latent variable. Then, questions and variables try to capture a different reality that the language suggest. For simplicity, we will deal with one of the most obvious: the concept of government from a cross-cultural approach. The conclusions will suggest some considerations to improve comparability.

Conference name: Sixth International Conference on Social Science Methodology

Location: Amsterdam

Start date: Aug 16, 2004

Type: Paper

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