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Reminder: NOVA PhD Course "Questionnaire Design and Management" - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 14-18 May 2018, in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Application deadline: 2 Mar. 2018.

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The course is of 3 ECTS and is organised by Prof. Ulf Emanuelson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Course Description
Questionnaires have become a major source for data in epidemiological studies. One reason is the increased interest in qualitative and sociological methods to explain the spread of diseases. Another reason is that it has become increasingly easy to construct and distribute questionnaires and carry out follow-up to improve compliance. The competence in designing such studies has not increased in the same way. This has serious impacts on the internal and external validity of these studies. Problems arise because questions are not properly framed and because response rates are low and not representative of the target population, but also because questionnaires are very prone for having missing information which makes multivariable analyses very difficult. This course will tackle two key issues related to the effective use of questionnaires, namely all the key elements of questionnaire design and management as well as methods for evaluating and dealing with item nonresponse with an emphasis on the use of multiple imputation of missing observations.

Items covered:

  • Questionnaire design
  • Psychology of survey response
  • Evaluating survey questions
  • Data collection methods
  • Communication with respondents
  • Respondent motivation
  • Survey ethics
  • Dealing with missing data
  • Patterns of item nonresponse and options for analyses
  • Mechanisms of missing data
  • Simple and multiple imputation models
  • Multiple imputation – chained equations, building the imputation model

Programme Outline
Hours 8:30 to 16:30 hrs.

  • Day 1 - 2: Questionnaire design and data collection
  • Day 3 - 4: Missing data and imputation
  • Day 5: Seminar with student presentations and discussion

Work on student project and presentations will take place during days 1 - 4.

Prerequisite Knowledge
Doctoral student experience, in animal science, veterinary medicine or related subjects, or participant in a residency program in veterinary science. A basic knowledge in biostatistics (including linear and logistic regression) and epidemiology is helpful.

Main Teachers

  • Prof. Ulf Emanuelson, PhD, Department of Clinical Sciences, SLU
  • Prof. Anna-Maija Virtala, PhD, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki
  • Doc. Alvydas Malakauskas, PhD, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
  • Marika Wenemark, PhD, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Ian Dohoo, DVM, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Management, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 16. January 2018 - 11:19 - Updated 14. February 2018 - 10:07