- How Do I Cite SOSS?
General Methods Information
The (ROUND NUMBER) round of the State of the State Survey (SOSS) was conducted by MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) from (INTERVIEW START DATE) through (INTERVIEW END DATE). The quarterly survey is administered by IPPSR's Office for Survey Research. This round of the survey reached (NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS)Michigan adults. The margin of sampling error was ±(ERROR RATE) percent. More information on SOSS is available at http://ippsr.msu.edu/SOSS.
For example, the 26th round of the survey would be cited in the following fashion:
The 26th round of the State of the State Survey (SOSS) was conducted by MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) from May 21 through July 16, 2002. The quarterly survey is administered via telephone by IPPSR's Office for Survey Research. This round of the survey reached 933 Michigan adults. The margin of sampling error was ±3.2 percent. More information on SOSS is available at http://www.ippsr.msu.edu/SOSS.Reference
Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.
. State of the State Survey- ( ). Michigan State University. East Lansing, Mich. Available on World Wide Web: http://www.ippsr.msu.edu/SOSS.
Similarly, the 26th round of the survey would be cited in this way:
Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. 2002. State of the State Survey-26 (summer). Michigan State University. East Lansing, Mich. Available on World Wide Web: http://www.ippsr.msu.edu/SOSS.Abbreviations
When referring to a particular round of SOSS more than once, use the following abbreviation: SOSS-
. The 26th round of SOSS would be abbreviated: SOSS-26.
- What documentation is available?
In addition to designing and conducting the survey, IPPSR prepares a Methodological Report for each round. This report contains the questionnaire, a codebook with frequency distributions, and information about the field procedures, sample, and members of the working group for the given round.
- Is this information fair use?
IPPSR retains a copyright on SOSS Briefing Papers, Bulletins, Methodological Reports, and other publications that it directly prepares or sponsors. SOSS survey data are made available to benefit public education as well as academic and policy research. Although individuals may make individual copies of SOSS publications, they are not to make commercial use or distribution of the data or any of IPPSR's reports, bulletins, or other printed materials without permission. Researchers and others who use the data to prepare analyses, reports, and publications of their own are entitled to copyright their written products but should acknowledge the source of the data (see How do I Cite SOSS for more information). They cannot limit the access to or use of the data by others.
- Do you have a disclaimer?
Although IPPSR makes every effort to assure accuracy and high quality in the data collection and documentation, the data and documentation are distributed "as is." Neither IPPSR nor Michigan State University is responsible for any errors in the data or documentation. Nor is IPPSR or MSU responsible for the interpretation of the data or documentation by persons who may use it.
A standard disclaimer for use when printing SOSS data is as follows:
The analyses, interpretations, and conclusions in this report are solely those of the author(s). They do not necessarily represent the views of IPPSR or of Michigan State University.
- How much does it cost?
SOSS charges investigators by minute of interview time, and assumes completion of approximately 1,000 interviews using the standard SOSS stratified statewide RDD sample. Design, fieldwork, preparation, and documentation are covered by these fees. MSU's College of Social Science and Office of the Provost provide ongoing support.
$4,000: MSU faculty and staff
$4,500: Nonprofit organizations other than MSU, including public and private colleges and universities
$5,000: General users
- How many questions do I get?
A typical minute on the survey would include between 3 and 5 questions, depending on the complexity of the questions. Timings are calculated based on pretests.
As noted below, an investigator receives all of the survey results for that round. No questions are embargoed. So minutes that a given investigator buys are “multiplied” several times over by the remaining questions in the survey to which he or she has access. This includes a series of demographic questions that allow for analysis by type of respondent or respondent region.
- Who writes the questions?
The investigators for each round write draft questions, with advice as needed from the SOSS director and the OSR staff. The OSR staff will help to improve the questions as well as format them for use on the CATI system. Investigators have final approval on the questions that they write.
- How long does it take to receive results?
SOSS surveys are typically in the field for 4 to 6 weeks. Allow up to another week or two for data processing, coding, and preparation of documentation.
- What kind of results should I expect?
The Office for Survey Research strives to provide the highest quality data allowing for publication in academic and scholarly journals. Investigators receive the final data (in SPSS portable file format), the questionnaire, a codebook, and a methodological report – all as electronic files.
- Who does the analysis?
Most SOSS investigators analyze their own data. However, IPPSR is willing to contract its services to assist with data analysis. In addition, IPPSR staff will work with the investigators to prepare research papers, presentations, or publicity (such as press releases) on topics that are of immediate relevance to policymakers.
- Who owns the data?
Investigators have immediate and exclusive rights for six months to publish results from questions that they sponsored in a given round. Students, faculty, and administrators at MSU may use the data during that time for instructional or administrative purposes but not for publication. After the embargo (six months), the data and documentation go into the public domain and are released via the SOSS data secion on http://ippsr.msu.edu/soss.
- Who do I contact to find out more information?
Charles Ballard, Ph.D., Director of the State of the State Survey. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-353-2961 .
If you have questions about access to existing SOSS data and documentation, or for assistance with analysis or dissemination of results, please consult:
Cynthia Kyle, M.A., Education Specialist, Institute for Public Policy and Survey Research.
Contact her at email@example.com or 517-353-1731.