Yanna Krupnikov integrates psychology and political science in order to identify points at which new information can have the most profound effect on the way people form political opinions, make political choices, and, ultimately, take political actions. Some of her research, which has been recently published in a book, argues that political independents really aren’t independent but are ashamed of both parties and so choose to claim independence rather than associate with Republicans or Democrats.

Course Content
This course will focus on advanced topics in survey design and analysis. Topics covered include different approaches to sampling, the effects of survey mode, and tools for analyzing and enriching survey data, including approaches to conducting surveys on sensitive topics, measurement of reported behavior as well as the construction and analysis of panel data and social network studies. The course will also focus on designing and analyzing survey experiments.

Course Objectives
Participants will gain an advanced understanding of best practices for analysing survey data and designing and analysing survey experiments. Participants will also gain hands-on experience in analysing survey data and constructing and analysing survey experiments. Participants are encouraged to bring survey data that they wish to analyse.

Course Prerequisites
Course participants should have some familiarity with Stata or R statistical software – material will be available in either package. Participants should be comfortable with descriptive statistics and should have at least some familiarity with OLS regression.

Background knowledge required
Statistics
OLS = m

Computer Background
Stata = e

e = elementary, m = moderate, s = strong

Day 1: Background on Survey Design and Analysis

Day 2: Models for Analysing Limited Dependent Variables

Day 3: Approaches to Sampling

Day 4: Constructing and Using Design Weights

Day 5: Weighting to Account for Nonresponse Bias

Day 6: Item Scaling

Day 7: Matching Techniques

Day 8: Analyzing Panel Data

Day 9: Survey Experiments (Part 1)

Day 10: Survey Experiments (Part 2)