English title: Resources for Conducting Cross-National Survey Research

Author(s): Tom W. Smith -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2015


Cross-national survey research is a complex and challenging endeavor. Designing a reliable and valid comparative study is notably more difficult than constructing a single monolingual/monocultural survey. Besides the whole array of components that encompass total-survey error in one survey, there is a parallel set of comparison errors that apply in cross-national surveys. Likewise, comparative analysis is complicated by these comparison errors, and even well-conducted comparative surveys may produce erroneous results due to failing to achieve functional equivalence at the design, collection, and/or analysis stages. Even locating cross-national data for secondary analysis can be a challenge. This note describes some valuable resources, especially those available on the web, which can assist in conducting cross-national survey research. The best overall resource for conducting cross-national survey research is the Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines (CCSG, http://ccsg.isr.umich.edu/index.cfm). CCSG developed out of the International Workshop on Comparative Survey Design and Implementation (CSDI, http://www.csdiworkshop.org/). The website version has 16 comprehensive chapters plus a glossary:

Volume: 79

Issue: 1

From page no: 404

To page no: 409

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1093/POQ/NFV004

Journal: Public Opinion Quarterly

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