PhD-course on survey experiments

Time: Wednesday April 26th – Friday April 28th, 2017.

Place: The Citizen lab at DIGSSCORE. 2nd floor of Sofie Lindstrøms hus, Rosenbergs gate 35.

The Digital Social Science Core Facility (DIGSSCORE) at the University of Bergen will host a PhD course in design and data analysis of survey experiments. The course aims to help PhD students and graduate students who plan to use experimental design as a part of their dissertation. The experimental method is gaining ground and is relevant for various disciplines, as political science, communication science, sociology and economics. This course intends to help PhD students conduct and design major studies that will launch their careers.



Mike Tomz, Stanford University.

Endre Tvinnereim, UniResearch Rokkan Centre.


Compulsory Requirements

10 ECTS:

Attendance of full three-day program and attendance of the Bergen-Gothenburg-Barcelona Workshop on Experimental Political Science.

Paper (5000 words, detailing experiment design)

7,5 ECTS:

Paper (5000 words)

More information about the course here. 
Reading list here. 

Note: The PhD course will be held in combination with the Bergen-Gothenburg-Barcelona Workshop on Experimental Political Science. 


This is a preliminary plan for the course. We may make adjustments depending on the needs of course participants.

Wednesday 26 April 2017

0900-1000. Registration

1030-1200. Introduction to survey experiments

1200-1300. Lunch

1300-1430. Introduction to analysis of survey experimental data

1500-1630. Analysis of survey experimental data, individual work on own/provided data set

1900. Course dinner, instructors and participants.


Thursday 27 April 2017

0830-1000. Designing effective survey experiments

1030-1200. Hypothesis development. Independent, supervised work on own project. Output: Students to write a brief summary of hypotheses they hope to test with their first survey experiment.

1200-1300. Lunch.

1300-1430. Students present initial hypotheses orally. Feedback by instructor(s) and by other students.

1500-1630. Independent work on own survey experiment; hypothesis development. Students work on a description of an experiment to test hypotheses.


Friday 28 April 2017

0830-1000. Presentation of students' experiments. Feedback to students' experiments.

1030-1200. Supervised work on experiments.

1200-1300. Lunch.

1300-1630. Group work session: Development of experiments ready for pre-testing and/or fielding in a survey.