The University of Southampton
Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute

Survey methods

How can we improve methodology in surveys and official statistics?

We examine and develop new ways to address problems in the social sciences and the challenges faced by government statistical agencies in survey and census methodology. Much of our ongoing research is already being used in surveys around the world. In just two examples, we help to estimate the numbers of people on low pay in the UK, and to produce estimates of employment and unemployment for the individual US states.

Beond 2011

Beyond 2011

How can we produce accurate population and small area socio-demographic statistics?

Data integration

Data integration

Seeking the best ways of bringing together data from different sources.

Survey estimation

Survey estimation

Reducing sampling error in surveys through better design and analysis methodology.

Survey measurement

Survey measurement

Examining how people respond to survey questions to improve accuracy and explore new designs.

Survey non response

Survey non-response

Understanding how to reduce inaccuracy in surveys affected by non-response by participants.

Blue-ets

Blue-ets

Improving the accuracy of business and trade statistics across and beyond the EU.

The use of paradata

The use of paradata

Exploring how extra data collected by surveyors can give new insights for researchers.

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