Introduction to Respondent Centred Design - online


14/11/2023 - 15/11/2023

Organised by:

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)


Laura Wilson, Emma Dickinson and Sierra Mesplie-Cowan


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


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Venue: Online


This course introduces participants to Respondent Centred Design, its origins and applicability to survey design. Through hands-on activities participants will develop understanding of the principles and how to apply them. 

Respondent Centred Design is an approach that puts the survey participant at the heart of survey design. This course provides an introduction to Respondent Centred Design and an overview of the Respondent Centred Design Framework and Agile delivery methodology that support Respondent Centred Design.

Taught over two mornings you will learn about

  • What Respondent Centred Design is
  • The ways in which Respondent Centred Design is used in the design of everyday objects and services, and its application to surveys
  • The Respondent Centred Design Framework and its application to survey design
  • How to use the Respondent Centred Design Framework in Agile survey development

Throughout the course participants will have opportunities to practice using Respondent Centred Design principles and the Respondent Centred Design Framework. By the end of the course participants will have:

  • An understanding of Respondent Centred Design and its relevance to survey design
  • The ability to use the Respondent Centred Design Framework in Agile survey development

This course is relevant to people involved in the design of surveys, survey communications and survey questionnaires. Attendees are encouraged to  bring a design problem to work through using what they learn in each module.


14 November 2023, 9:30am – 1:00pm

15 November 2023, 9:30am – 12:30pm


The fee per teaching day is £30 per day for students / £60 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector / £100 per day for all other participants. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.

Website and registration:




Data Collection, Survey and Questionnaire Design, Questionnaire design, Data Collection (other), Respondent Centred Design

Related publications and presentations:

Data Collection
Survey and Questionnaire Design
Questionnaire design
Data Collection (other)

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