Qatar and the World Values Survey: Enhancing the Validity and Cross-Cultural Comparability of Survey Research Measurement

Jocelyn Mitchell, Sean Burns, Mary Dedinsky
Ahoud Hamad Al-Thani, Amna Selman Al-Majid, Asma Adnane Ajroudi, Muneera Al-Buainain, Sara Al Saadi, Sara Saad Khodr, Shahd Mazen Dauleh, Shannon Hana Farhoud, Tasbih Amin, Zena Assem Al-Tahhan

Collaborating Institution and Faculty Member: Qatar University and Justin J. Gengler
Funding: Qatar National Research Fund Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)

This study delved deeper into the World Values Survey (2010) questions by conducting a second survey of the Qatari population. The research team applied a new questionnaire technique, “anchoring vignettes,” to calibrate specific survey questions in Qatar. Their purpose was to adjust the variance in individual responses to ensure valid inter-individual and international comparison and inference. Not only did this new methodology enable the researchers to better understand Qatari attitudes and opinions, but it also represented the first application of this method in the Arab Middle East.

This UREP project contributed to the global social-science knowledge on Qatar through numerous conference presentations and published papers.

Selected publications

Mitchell, J. S., and Gengler, J. J. (in press) “What Money Can’t Buy: Wealth, Inequality, and Economic Satisfaction in the Rentier State.” Political Research Quarterly

Gengler, J. J., and Mitchell, J. S. (2018) “A Hard Test of Individual Heterogeneity in Response Scale Usage: Evidence from Qatar.International Journal of Public Opinion Research 30 (1): 102–124

Mitchell, J. S. (2016). "We’re All Qataris Here: The Nation-Building Narrative of the National Museum of Qatar." In Erskine-Loftus, P., Al-Mulla, M., and Hightower, V. (Eds.), Representing the Nation: Heritage, Museums, National Narratives, and Identity in the Arab Gulf States. Oxford, UK: Routledge.  

Mitchell, J. S., and Pal, L. A. (2016). "Policy Making in Qatar: The Macro-Policy Framework." In Tok, M. E., Al-Khater, L., and Pal, L. A. (Eds.), Policy Making in a Transformative State: The Case of Qatar. Palgrave Macmillan.  

Mitchell, J. S. (2014). "Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Creating Knowledge through Student-Faculty Partnerships." Journal of General Education 63 (2–3): 73–93. 

Gengler. J. J. (2013, December). "Collective Frustration, But No Collective Action, in Qatar." Middle East Research and Information Project

Mitchell, J. S. (2013). “Beyond Allocation: The Politics of Legitimacy in Qatar.” Ph.D. diss., Georgetown University.