The way of selecting a sample from a population is known as sample design. It describes various sampling techniques and sample size. It refers to the technique or procedure the researcher would adopt in selecting items for the sample.

STEPS IN SAMPLE DESIGN

Type of universe

Sampling unit

Source List

Size of Sample

Parameters of Interest

Budgetary Constraint

Sampling Procedure

CRITERIA OF SELECTING A SAMPLING PROCEDURE

Inappropriate sampling frame

Defective measuring device

Non-Respondents

Indeterminancy principle

Natural bias in the reporting of data

CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD SAMPLE DESIGN

Sample design must result in a truly representative sample. Sample design must be such which results in a small sampling error. Sample design must be viable in the context of funds available for the research study. Sample design must be such so that systematic bias can be controlled in a better way. Sample should be such that the results of the sample study can be applied, in general, for the universe with a reasonable level of confidence.

Different types of sample designs

There are different type of sample designs based on two factors, the representation basis and the element selection technique. On the representation basis the sample may be probability sampling or it may be non probability sampling. Probability is based on random selection, whereas non probability sampling is non-random sampling'. On element selection basis it can be unrestricted or restricted sample. Thus The following chart exhibits the sample designs:

CHART SHOWING BASIC SAMPLING DESIGNS

ELEMENT SELECTION TECHNIQUE

UNRESTRICTED SAMPLING

REPRESENTATION BASIS

PROBABILITY SAMPLING NON-PROBABILITY SAMPLING

SIMPLE RANDOM SAMPLING

HAPHAZARD SAMPLING OR CONVENIENCE SAMPLING

RESTRICTED SAMPLING

COMPLEX RANDOM SAMPLING (Such as cluster sampling, systematic sampling, stratified sampling etc.)

PURPOSIVE SASMPLING (such as quota sampling, judgement sampling)

probability sampling

PROBABILITY SAMPLES

The idea behind this type is random selection. More specifically, each sample from the population of interest has a known probability of selection under a given sampling scheme. There are four categories of probability samples described below.

SIMPLE RANDOM SAMPLING

The most widely known type of a random sample is the simple random sample (SRS). This is characterized by the fact that the probability of selection is the same for every case in the population. Simple random sampling is a method of selecting n units from a population of size N such that every possible sample of size n has equal chance of being drawn. An example may make this easier to understand. Imagine you want to carry out a survey of 100 voters in a small town with a population of 1,000 eligible voters. With a town this size, there are "old-fashioned" ways to draw a sample. For example, we could write the names of all voters on a piece of paper, put all pieces of paper into a box and draw 100 tickets at random. You shake the box, draw a piece of paper and set it aside, shake again, draw another, set it aside, etc. until we had 100 slips of paper. These 100 form our sample. And this sample would be drawn through a simple random sampling procedure - at each draw, every name in the box had the same probability of being chosen. In real-world social research, designs that employ simple random sampling are difficult to come by. We can imagine some situations where it might be possible - you want to interview a sample of doctors in a hospital about work conditions. So you get a list of all the physicians that work in the hospital, write their names on a piece of paper, put those pieces of paper in the box, shake and draw. But...