About this Specialization

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This specialization covers the fundamentals of surveys as used in market research, evaluation research, social science and political research, official government statistics, and many other topic domains. In six courses, you will learn the basics of questionnaire design, data collection methods, sampling design, dealing with missing values, making estimates, combining data from different sources, and the analysis of survey data. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply the skills learned throughout the specialization by analyzing and comparing multiple data sources.

Faculty for this specialisation comes from the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology, a collaboration between the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, and the data collection firm Westat, founded by the National Science Foundation and the Interagency Consortium of Statistical Policy in the U.S. to educate the next generation of survey researchers, survey statisticians, and survey methodologists. In addition to this specialization we offer short courses, a summer school, certificates, master degrees as well as PhD programs.

Learner Career Outcomes
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40%
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100% online courses
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Flexible Schedule
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Beginner Level
Approx. 8 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
40%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 8 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 7 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Framework for Data Collection and Analysis

4.1
stars
426 ratings
105 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Data Collection: Online, Telephone and Face-to-face

4.6
stars
217 ratings
42 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys

4.4
stars
317 ratings
79 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Sampling People, Networks and Records

4.5
stars
59 ratings
19 reviews

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University of Maryland, College Park

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University of Michigan

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • All courses are on demand and available all the time. So it really depends how much time you have on your hand. You can certainly comfortably move through the specialization thinking of taking one course per month.

  • Introductory statistics knowledge does help, for the later courses.

  • The first course gives an overview over the topic and the framework with think in. But the courses can in principle be taken in any order. If you are looking for guidance we recommend to take at least the sampling Course (course 4) before the course on dealing with missing data (course 5).

  • If you completed the Questionnaire Design course previously and earned a Verified Certificate, you will automatically receive credit toward the Specialization for that course. Additionally, if you received a Verified Certificate and would like enroll for the specialization, the specialization cost will be automatically discounted to accommodate for the previous payment.

  • Learners who complete this specialization will know how to write questions, set-up good data collection, properly analyze survey data, draw samples, weight survey data and deal with missing values, and choose a proper survey mode. Completing the specialization will also help you prepare for a master's program and pivot your career to a rapidly evolving industry.

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