Designing questionnaires for cross-cultural surveys

The first SERISS training course will be held on 24th-25th October 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The course will be on Designing questionnaires for cross-cultural surveys instructed by Ana Villar (Centre for Comparative Social Surveys, City University London) and Dorothée Behr (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim).

Find out more about the course and instructors: SERISS 2016 Course Description

Call for participants

25 participants are invited to attend the course. There are no tuition fees. Accommodation will be covered for all selected participants. Lunch for all course days and a group dinner at the first course day evening will be provided.

Participants generally need to cover their travel costs but there is a limited number of SERISS grants available that cover travel costs for outstanding applications of participants whose financial constrains would prevent them from being able to attend the course.

Participants should be interested in in the impact of linguistic and cultural aspects on cross-cultural survey research. Knowledge of general questionnaire design principles is desirable.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • be familiar with different approaches to organisation and implementation of cross-cultural questionnaire design;
  • be familiar with different pre-testing techniques available for cross-cultural contexts;
  • be familiar with aspects to take into account when producing questionnaire translations;
  • be familiar with best practice in carrying out questionnaire translation and assessment;
  • be able to better account for the needs of cross-cultural questionnaire design and translation in project proposals.

Participants will find the course useful if:

  • they conduct their own (PhD) cross-cultural survey project;
  • are members of staff (researcher, translator, translation manager) in a cross-cultural or multilingual survey project;
  • need to write a project proposal for a cross-cultural survey project;
  • want to learn about the importance of good questionnaire design and translation processes for comparability of survey data.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and your application with the following information to

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Please mention in your application if you would like to be considered for a SERISS travel grant as well as approximate required travel budget.

Applications should be sent via email to Deadline for applications is May 16th, 2016. The results of the selection will be known by mid-June 2016.

Please contact if you have any queries or need more information.