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ABS Training: Running Your Own Survey


This course is intended to provide an understanding of the issues involved in running your own survey. It follows the survey process from planning right through to presentation of results.


Duration2 days

Who should attendPeople who will be involved in conducting a sample survey, or people who would like to gain an understanding of many of the risks associated with running a survey.

This course is not for people who have already completed the Basic Survey Design course.

Course outcomesAlthough as a participant you may not be an expert by the end of the course, you will have developed an understanding of how to:

plan for your survey, including formulating survey objectives and defining key data items;

assess the quality of your frame (the list from which your sample is selected), if required;

choose the most suitable method for collecting your data;

select a suitable sample design and sample size, considering the required level of accuracy;

develop a good questionnaire;

test your questionnaire and other aspects of your survey process;

critically examine the data collected by your survey, and make inferences about the population;

select an effective way of presenting your survey results which meets stakeholders’ needs;

address confidentiality and privacy issues related to the data you collect; and

use your understanding of the risks associated with surveys to devise mitigation strategies and contingency plans that will minimise your non-sampling error (including non-response).

Course contentsAll the topics listed under outcomes.

Cost$1,080 (inc GST) per person

When is this course run?For scheduled training courses see the ABS Training Calendar. We can also run the course in your organisation if you have sufficient numbers.

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Further information & registrationsPlease get in touch with the ABS Training Contact in your State/Territory.

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