Qatar University’s Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) has launched its flagship project — Qatar Quarterly Survey (QQS) – an ongoing, large-scale research project that aims to provide unbiased opinion polling on questions of national interest to Qatar with a view to informing social, economic, cultural and employment policy.
QQS employs Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing, a technique that facilitates timely and accurate data collection and customizes the flow of the questionnaire based on the answers provided. Conducted by a team of qualified researchers through the Institute’s state-of-the-art call centers, the 15-minute telephone survey solicits feedback from nationals, high-income and low-income expatriates to gauge attitudes and views on matters of public importance. It also includes a demographic component as well as an evaluation of the perceptions of respondents on issues that relate to quality of life, consumer confidence, traffic, health insurance, and other matters of importance to Qatar society.
About 1,600 respondents were randomly selected and interviewed in the survey’s first round of telephone interviews.
Commenting on the project, SESRI Director and Associate Vice President for Research Dr Darwish Al-Emadi said: “Information emerging from this project is critical in mapping changing opinions and perceptions on these issues. SESRI continues to be a leading partner in contributing to national efforts to address the needs of the society and seek solutions in the face of the country’s rapid development and progress”.
QQS’s lead principal investigator and SESRI’s head of research Dr Abdoulaye Diop noted that the survey “enables the residents of Qatar to reflect on the changing circumstances of their lives in this dynamic environment”, adding: “It is in line with the objectives detailed in the national vision and development strategies and will be of immense benefit to policy and decision makers in Qatar, and ultimately to the wider community”.
In addition to QQS, SESRI has been engaged in a number of studies that address Qatar’s and regional concerns such as the GCC single currency, life in Qatar, social capital in Qatar, education, gender, and migrant workers. Its collaborations with the Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum, World Values Survey and the Arab Barometer Project have helped to advance research in Qatar and the wider region, providing key statistics to help formulate policy and set national priorities.