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Designing an Effective Survey: A beginning course for physical scientists

John Weaver


This training session provides an introduction in how to design an effective survey. This course is also useful in helping those reading about other surveys to assess how well a survey was designed. The target audience is for physical scientists (i.e., NOAA/NWS forecasters). Learning objectives include an introduction to social science research, the Institutional Review Board, statistics-based social research, and an example of a statistics-based study.


This is a basic course. There are no prerequisites.

Training Session Options

NOAA/NWS students - to begin the training, use the web-based video, YouTube video, or audio playback options below (if present for this session). Certificates of completion for NOAA/NWS employees can be obtained by accessing the session via the Commerce Learn Center

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