Subject: Cross-Cultural Research Researcher/s: Yair Gad, Prof
The Institute has created a unit offering universities and other institutions and organizations research survey and program evaluation services, including survey design, data collection, data analysis, report writing, and presentations.
Surveys and forms are available in a various formats, including online computer surveys, tablet surveys, smart phone surveys, and traditional paper surveys. Services also include conducting qualitative interviews, taking field notes, simultaneous translation, polls, audio and video, randomized experiments, and a variety of qualitative feedback. Data is stored on the Institute’s secure server, which enables email distributions, social media distribution, telephone distribution, and automatic reminders. An option is available for simultaneous reporting, which can allow either or both respondents and administration to view the results as they are being collected. (Further information is available from the Institute’s secretariat at +972-2588-2016).
Research surveys conducted by the unit so far, include, those by Institute researcher, Dr. Pnina Golan-Cook on Ethiopian Identity, Russian/German Identity, and, for the Clore Israel Foundation, on the English Language Centers, and by Dr Golan-Cook, together with Prof Elite Olshtain, on Ethiopian Literacy for JDC-Israel and the Feuerstein Institute. Prof. Olshtain is also working with Dr. Ofra Inbar on a “Survey of the Teaching of English in Israel, 2012 -2013” and on Focus Group Surveys for Clore Israel Foundation and the Ministry of Education. Also at the Institute, Dr Ayelet Giladi is developing the tools for a survey of the Institute’s early childhood programs, Ha’Etgar, From Home to School, vis-à-vis the participation of parents, trainers and children; and Ana Bar is conducting a survey on the Yachad programs.
Director of the Institute, Prof. Gad Yair has been leading several survey projects:
2012 Academic Faculty Survey, the goal of which is to understand how junior and senior faculty members at institutions of higher education evaluate various aspects of daily life at their institutions. The survey examines: leadership and policy, departmental climate, and preferred system priorities. In accordance with the Institute’s goals, the survey also examined various aspects of inequality.
The Hebrew University Student Opinion Survey (forthcoming) for the Office of the Dean of Students, focuses on the quality of the university’s teaching (through rating of lecturers) as well as the university’s administrative resources and capacities.
Two surveys are being conducted by Prof Yair for the Israel Tennis Center:
The first, A Longitudinal Study of Graduates of the Israel Tennis Center examines the long-term effects of tennis on their lives, by means of a two-level sample. In the first stage, the researcher will sample 70 to 100 persons from each center (total: 700 participants) who will be contacted through an online survey. Of those, about 50 participants will be selected for in-depth interviews. The paradigm guiding this study is based on the researcher’s previous work, published in his From Key Experiences to Turning Points, and distinguishes among four types of long-term results: (1) practical effects on further education and employment; (2) effects on personality – character, worldview, maturity, and resilience in the face of challenges; (3) effects on moral decisions and life values; and (4) behavioral effects on lifestyle. The current survey will add social effects – acquaintances made as a result of participation in the program and the long-term added value of these connections.
The second survey, Developing a Set of Indicators and Applying Them to Evaluate the Effects of Playing Tennis, adapts the effective experience-sampling methods of Prof. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (with whom Prof. Yair has worked in the past) to research on participation in tennis-related activities and their effects on the participant’s daily and long-term experiences, and to embrace additional information sources of (the tennis instructor and parents) in order to validate the participants’ self-assessment. The study will develop tools that will accompany the participants and document their growth over several months. The focus will be on developing a survey measurement tool and an application for smartphones, which will be tested on a single group of players in order to examine various aspects of how the tool can be implemented.
Prof. Yair, Keith Goldstein and Nir Rotem, produced the country study (on Israel) for EU’s European Training Foundation (ETF) and the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labour (MoITL) as part of the ETF’s “Mapping of VET educational policies and practices for social inclusion and social cohesion in the Western Balkans, Turkey and Israel”, a multinational research project conducted in cooperation with the LSE (London School of Economics) Enterprise project.
Finally, the Research Surveys and Evaluation Unit team will also be conducting a survey for the Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies on the Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies on the Scholion program for the cultivation of excellence in multi-disciplinary research.