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Survey Methods Consulting: How to Plan a Study

We are happy to provide tailor-made consulting on your planned research project. Jointly with you, we will develop an appropriate strategy to ensure the best possible data quality. We offer support at every stage of the survey project. 

Social science research projects are complex and present researchers with specific challenges. At the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, we offer consulting services to researchers throughout the course of a project. Our consulting services cover the topics of survey instruments, survey design and fieldwork, as well as survey statistics. Based on many years of experience and our institute's own basic research, we provide you with tailor-made advice at every stage of the research process. 

Basic Knowledge

We have compiled various sets of information and hands-on guidelines on frequently occurring consulting topics. These already answer many questions that may arise when planning a study and collecting data. You can find this information under Basic Knowledge.

Consulting fees

Our consulting services in the form of 'helping you to help yourself' are free of charge. Additionally, we are happy to support you with more in-depth services, which are fee-based. You will find further information in our pricing overview (link will follow shortly).

Learn more about our Consulting Services

We provide consulting on the design of your questionnaires, the development and wording of questions and items, both for national and cross-national contexts, as well as on translation and pretesting of your survey instruments.

We provide consulting on all aspects of survey design, survey implementation, and documentation of national and cross-national surveys. In addition, we advise on the collection of additional data.

We provide consulting on the planning of your sample design and the corresponding sample size. Furthermore, we advise on non-random or deterministic samples.

Here, you can access our form for consulting services. With this form, you can quickly and easily request individual advice from our experts.