July 2011

Tarun Kumar Roy
29 July 2011
Professor Emeritus of the Indian Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, Dr. Roy spoke about different sampling methods for surveys, and the best practices involved in designing the most effective and accurate researches. He went on to speak of the social determinents that influence subjects usually undertaken by sample surveys, and how these should be incorprated into research design, fieldwork and analysis. He concluded by demonstrating ways in which collected data can be 'adjusted' for variables overlooked during designing the research. However, while he emphasised that adjusting for overlooked variables was preferable to ignoring them altogether, part of the training to be a good researcher is re-evaluating one's methodology for such flaws before implementing it in the field.