Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys II

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Questionnaire design for a cross-national European cohort survey: findings from the European Cohort Development Project

Type:Contributed Paper
Jul 25, 09:55
  • Gary Pollock - Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Haridhan Goswami - Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Jessica Ozan - Manchester Metropolitan University

The European Cohort Development Project (ECDP) is a Design Study which will create the specification and business case for a European Research Infrastructure that will provide, over the next 25 years, comparative longitudinal survey data on child and young adult well-being. The infrastructure developed by ECDP will subsequently coordinate the first Europe wide cohort survey, which we name EuroCohort. The complexities of mounting a survey which is internationally comparative and longitudinal are such that there is a need to undertake preparatory scientific work at an early stage as they require longer development time compared to cross-sectional and national surveys.

This paper will present ECDP’s preliminary work on instrument design. Questionnaire content for parents/carers, health professionals, teachers, and children will be developed from a combination of existing surveys and findings from a cognitive testing pilot survey.  The final generic content, i.e. sets of concepts to be included, for each questionnaire will be determined alongside the prioritisation of concepts, input from stakeholders, and a cost benefit analysis. Here, the processes undertaken to develop the questionnaire will be presented. For instance, a variety of modes of data collection are anticipated to accommodate the different age ranges of respondents.  Adults will respond to traditional questionnaire formats while children will use a range of audio and visual modes.  It is recognised that there will be significant national variation in the use of data collection modes and there is therefore a consequent need to undertake tests to assure the data quality. Views from the audience will contribute to strengthening future work undertaken for the project.     


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