EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract
This report presents the findings of the tenth Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national survey, conducted in June?July 2017. The report builds on the knowledge gained through the nine earlier Scanlon Foundation national surveys (2007, 2009?2016) which provide, for the first time in Australian social research, a series of detailed surveys on social cohesion, immigration and population issues. Together with the Scanlon Foundation local area and sub?group surveys, nineteen surveys with over 42,000 respondents have been conducted since 2007. The project also tracks the findings of other Australian and international surveys on immigration and cultural diversity.
The 2017 national survey was conducted from 21 June to 18 July. The survey comprised 77 questions (56 substantive and 21 demographic), including eighteen questions that are used for calculation of the Scanlon?Monash Index of Social Cohesion.
The first five Scanlon Foundation surveys employed randomly generated samples of households with landline telephones, since 2013 the survey has employed a dual?frame sample methodology comprising both landline and mobile phone numbers. In keeping with contemporary best practice, the survey included the views of the estimated 29% of adults who live in households without a landline telephone connection.
To further understanding of the impact of mode of surveying on pattern of response, three self?administered surveys were conducted between 2013 and 2015. In 2017, in addition to the interviewer administered national survey, there were two additional survey components. Versions of the national survey were administered using commercial online panels which enable self?completion of the survey: one utilised Australia’s first probability online panel, one of a handful of probability panels in the world, the second a sample drawn from a large (350,000 members) non?probability panel of a type that is widely used in surveying.
SOURCE: Markus, Andrew. “Mapping Social Cohesion: The Scanlon Foundation surveys 2017.” Scanlon Foundation [November] 2017.
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