The ESRC Survey Resources Network: Opportunities for the advancement of survey methods

This article describes a new initiative, the Survey Resources Network (SRN). The SRN is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), initially for a period of three years, which began in November 2008, but with an expectation that funding will be renewed.

The ESRC Survey Resources Network: Opportunities for the advancement of survey methods

Peter Lynn

Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Bob Erens

National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)


Survey researchers are well aware that the quality and utility of survey data are highly dependent on the methods used to collect them. By methods, we include how the sample was selected, how the questionnaire was designed, how, where and by whom the questionnaire was administered, how the data were subsequently handled and manipulated, and so on. Over the past couple of decades, considerable attention has been paid to the...

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