CESSI research work is not limited to substantial topics or issues, but also includes methodological studies and experiments, designing new research tools and methods, sample design strategies. CESSI provides methodological and organizational services in the preparation of a survey, data collection, data processing and data analysis.
METHODOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTS
CESSI conducts methodological research and testing on developing and optimization of new research methods, tools and procedures in telephone, online and personal surveys, studies the strategies of constructing and validating metric and verbal answer scales, methods of choosing optimal language for interview for surveys in multilingual context, the methods of translation, adaptation and pretesting survey instruments for different socio-cultural environment.
Some results of this work can be found in academic publications and reports:
SURVEY PROGRAM, SURVEY INDICATORS, SAMPLING
CESSI provides services on designing survey program – optimal strategy to solve research tasks including the choice of adequate survey method, sampling design and implementation, defining sample size for particular survey tasks, also works on the constructing sets of indicators to study social issues.
DESIGNING QUESTIONNAIRES, PROGRAMMING FOR ONLINE INTERVIEWS, HOSTING SURVEYS
CESSI offers services on designing the questionnaires for different data collection methods – personal, telephone or online interviews, and also programming questionnaires for online surveys (CAPI, CATI, CAWI and other types of web-assisted interviews). It includes the analysis of previously used questions, questions’ databases of CESSI and international databases, search for previously validated questions, developing new questions, pretesting new or adopted questions on particular target groups.
CESSI will help you to allocate your questionnaire in your server providing professional services on survey administration, tracking quotas, time-managements, logical data checks and also independence, anonymity and privacy of the survey for respondents (which is especially beneficial and important for corporate research among employees or surveys based on client’s databases).
TRANSLATION OF QUESTIONNAIRES AND OTHER RESEARCH MATERIALS, VERIFICATION OF TRANSLATIONS, ADAPTATION TO LOCAL CONTEXT, PRETESTS
CESSI specializes on the translation of questionnaires and other survey materials from different language sources – English, French or German into Russian and other languages of the region including Ukrainian, Belarus, Kazakh, Romanian, Tatar, Azeri, Armenian, Georgian, Abkhazian and many others.
Experts working in CESSI have high reputation in translations and questionnaire design, many years experience in survey field, and participate in international translation groups and councils, international conferences, designing groups for introducing standards in survey translations (CSDI).
Translations are done both in traditional and innovative tools – specialized computer programs for translations. We also offer the services of the verification of ready translations to Russian and other languages of former Soviet Union based on international standards and the pretesting of translations – using cognitive interviews, focus-groups with social groups targeted in a survey, quantitative pretests with randomly selected respondents or purpose sample with predefine parameters.
CODING OF SURVEY DATA
CESSI group of data processing conducts coding of collected survey questions – transferring text information collected in free format into numeric forms – into pre-defined or newly-created codelists. CESSI coding group have extensive experience in coding survey information into standard International codeframes (for example, ISCO, NACA), multi-dimensional or multi-variable coding (creating single variable from multiple questions). We also provide services on transcribing audio information into text format with full identification of speakers (from focus-groups) or post-coding (for quantitative surveys).
STATISTICAL ANSLYSIS OF SURVEY DATA
CESSI offers statistical processing of survey data including the preparation of marginal tables, crosstabs on predefined socio-demographic, regional and other banners, descriptive statistics, advanced statistical analysis (analysis and tests of means, ANOVA, factor analysis, regression analysis, cluster analysis, etc.) and support in data interpretation and presentation.