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The Handbook of Survey Methodology for the Social Sciences


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AcknowledgmentIntroductionClassification of surveysSurvey Ethics: What are we Allowed to do in Survey ResearchThe Salient Bias in Survey Research: Total Survey Error (TSE)Common Survey Sampling TechniquesFrames, Framing effects, and Survey ResponseThe Art of Question PhrasingInterviewingUnit nonresponse due to refusalControling for response error, and quality of responseWhy do people agree to participate in surveysRespondents Coopertation: Demographic profile of survey respondents and its implications Effects of incentives in surveysDesigning the face to face surveyRepeated Cross-sectional surveys using FTFCost and error in fixed and mobiile phone surveysmail Surveys in social researchE-mail SurveysIncreasing response rate in web-based/ internet surveysHow to build your own online survey panelDoes paying more mean getting better product: Comparison of Surey Modes of AdministrationSensitive issues in surveys: Reducing refusals while increasing reliability and quality of responseResearching difficult populations: Interviewing techniques and methodological issues in FTF...What survey modes are most effective in eliciting self-reports of criminal or delinquent behaviorIssues in survey desing: using Survey of victimization and fear of crime as examples What would you do? Conducting web-based factorial vignette surveysComparability of survey measurmentsEmployee Surveys as Catalysts for Change: Turning data into action

About the Author

Lior Gideon, Ph.D., is a Full time Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, New York. Is a devout methodologist, and have over 15 years of international experience in teaching methodology courses and training future cohorts of researchers in the field of criminology and criminal justice research. He also specializes in corrections-based program evaluation and focuses his research on rehabilitation, reentry, and reintegration issues and in particular by examining offenders' perceptions of their needs. To that extent, Dr. Gideon developed many survey based measurement to examine level of punitiveness, attitudes supportive of rehabilitation, and recently measures of social support. His research interests also involve international and comparative corrections-related public opinion surveys and their affect on policy. To that extent, Dr. Gideon published several manuscripts on these topics, including two previously published books on offenders needs in the reintegration process: Substance Abusing Inmates: Experiences of Recovering Drug Addicts on Their Way Back Home (2010, Springer), and Rethinking Corrections: Rehabilitation, Reentry, and Reintegration (with Hung-En Sung, 2011, Sage). Aside from the above, Dr. Gideon has published a methodology book titled Theories of Research Methodology: readings in methods, which is now available in its second addition. His other works were recently published in The Prison Journal, the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and the Asian Journal of Criminology. Dr. Gideon earned his PhD from the Faculty of Law, Institute of Criminology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland's Bureau of Governmental Research.

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