GESIS Training Courses

Scientific Coordination

Sabina Haveric
Tel: +49 (0221) 47694 - 166

Administrative Coordination

Angelika Ruf
Tel: +49 221 47694-162

Course 08: Design and Implementation of Longitudinal Surveys

Dr. Tarek Al Baghal, Dr. Alexandru Cernat

Date: 12.08 - 16.08.2019 ics-file

Location: Cologne

About the lecturer - Dr. Tarek Al Baghal

About the lecturer - Dr. Alexandru Cernat

Course description

The course will provide an overview of those aspects of survey design, implementation, and analysis that are unique to longitudinal surveys or that have distinct features in the longitudinal context. The course will specifically cover:
  • a review of the advantages and limitations of longitudinal surveys and an outline of some of the uses to which longitudinal surveys are put;
  • key aspects of longitudinal survey design such as the sampling design, interval between waves, and data collection modes;
  • important aspects of designing a questionnaire and measurement for a longitudinal study, particularly for capturing micro-level change;
  • the impact of non-response and attrition in a panel, and adjustments, such as weighting and imputation given that missing data patterns differ between waves;
  • an introduction to important analysis considerations and methods when using a longitudinal survey design;
  • in addition, each morning time will be available in a computer lab for exercises for practical application of these methods and an opportunity for more interaction with the instructors.
For a full length syllabus of this course, please click here.


Target group

Participants will find the course useful if:
  • they are interested in the uses and importance of longitudinal surveys;
  • they are involved in planning or conducting a longitudinal survey;
  • they are interested in aspects of longitudinal data collection;
  • they are interested in the processes involved in measurement of phenomena over time;
  • they want to use appropriate methods to analyze longitudinal data.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course participants will:
  • be familiar with the central design issues of longitudinal surveys;
  • understand different strategies on how to collect longitudinal data;
  • be able to design questions that meet research objectives for longitudinal surveys and minimize error;
  • be able to identify and implement features that should help to prevent panel attrition;
  • be able to study the nature of non-response and attrition in a longitudinal survey;
  • generally understand the methods used in weighting and imputation in a panel survey.


Participants should have:
  • basic knowledge of survey methodology from a cross-sectional perspective, in particular with respect to survey design, instrument development, and survey implementation;
  • basic knowledge of statistics and statistical modeling (i.e., regression) and of a statistical software (Stata or R).
This course takes place in a computer lab. GESIS will provide participants with access to the statistical software packages used in the course (i.e., Stata, R) and various other statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, Mplus).

More Information