RECSM Winter Methods School 2024


The fifth edition of RECSM Winter Methods School (March 11-19, 2024) consists of three courses focusing on web surveys, digital data tracking and electoral analysis, followed by a workshop event bringing together the latest research on the challenges of using new data types in online survey studies.

The courses are open to academics (students, professors, individuals employed by colleges and universities, and other institutions of higher education) and non-academics (consultants and other practitioners from the private sector or national and international organizations) and will be held online and on-site.

The registration deadline is the 4th of March 2024. For assistance with the registration process, please contact [email protected].

View the course calendar here.

Measuring Citizen’s Digital Behaviours Using Web Trackers and Data Donations

The expansion of the Internet, together with the capabilities of modern connected devices, result in a plethora of data that promise fascinating opportunities to understand individuals’ digital behaviours. This course will teach students how to measure digital behaviours using web trackers and data donations, and how to combine these approaches with online surveys.

Full course syllabus here.

  • Format: hybrid.
  • Dates: 13th - 15th of March from 10:00 - 13:00. 
  • Room: 40.047A, Roger Llúria building, UPF Ciutadella campus
  • Instructor: Oriol Bosch


Going beyond conventional web surveys: Using new types of data within web surveys

Web surveys have emerged as a highly popular method for data collection, characterized by their speed of implementation and cost-effectiveness. Their prominence has further accelerated with the Covid-19 pandemic, which posed significant challenges to conducting traditional face-to-face surveys.

However, like all survey methods, web surveys are susceptible to measurement errors, which can be exacerbated by the absence of an interviewer. This course explores innovative approaches to leverage emerging measurement opportunities, primarily driven by the widespread use of smartphones, to mitigate these errors and unlock fresh insights within the realm of web surveys.

Full course syllabus here.

  • Format: hybrid.
  • Dates: 13th - 15th of March from 14:30 - 17:30.
  • Room: 40.047A, Roger Llúria building, UPF Ciutadella campus
  • Instructor: Melanie Revilla


Ecological inference: deciphering individual voting behavior from aggregated data

(Please note that this course is delivered in Spanish, unlike the others which will be delivered in English)

Full course syllabus here.

  • Format: hybrid.
  • Dates: 11th - 12th of March from 14:00 - 18:00. 
  • Room: 40.047A, Roger Llúria building, UPF Ciutadella campus
  • Instructor: Jose M Pavia

Inferencia ecológica: descifrando el comportamiento individual de los votantes desde datos agregados

Politólogos, medios de comunicación y partidos políticos, están interesados en conocer el comportamiento electoral de diferentes subgrupos y las transferencias de voto entre partidos. La inferencia ecológica permite dar respuesta a este problema explotando relaciones a nivel agregado. En este curso, va a mostrarse y discutirse las técnicas más avanzadas para la realización de dichas inferencias, centrándose en el uso del paquete lphom de R.

The 2024 Web Data Opp Workshop

All participants at the RECSM Winter Methods School are invited to attend the 2024 Wed Data Opp workshop about the challenges of using new types of data in online survey research. The event is otherwise exclusively for researchers who have submitted their abstracts to present at the workshop.

The workshop will include a key note speech from Professor Mick Couper (University of Michigan), one of the leading experts in web survey methodology, having authored several books and a multitude of influential scientific papers in this field. 

  • Format: In-person only.
  • Dates: Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th of March, 2024.
  • Room: 24.009, Mercè Rodoreda building, UPF Ciutadella campus

Catering will be provided.

Find out more about the workshop here.

If you are a UPF student or you have taken courses at UPF before, you can enrol in the course via the Secretaria Virtual:


If you are not a UPF student or have not taken courses at UPF before, please register via Eventum:


The enrolment deadline is by the 4th of March 2024. For assistance with the registration process, please contact [email protected].

We are grateful to our sponsors, Netquest, whose support is integral to making the RECSM Methods School happen.

Since 2001, Netquest has provided genuine and insightful data to market researchers. Netquest's data collection capabilities and its consumer panels in over 20 countries make them a trusted partner that helps organizations and businesses analyze the market, gain valuable insights, and truly understand consumers