[CITASA] Paper vs Electronic Surveys

Eszter Hargittai info at webuse.org
Tue Jun 10 13:08:23 EDT 2014


For quality control, I recommend using an attentiveness question (or two)
regardless of mode of data collection. Here is an example.

The purpose of this question is to assess your attentiveness to question
wording. For this question please mark the “Very often” response.

Very Often

In paper surveys I have administered in the past few years on young adults
(in postal mail) this has resulted in 3-4% cases excluded from the
analyses. (I pitch cases where the answer is wrong or the respondent
skipped the question.)


Eszter Hargittai
Delaney Family Professor, Communication Studies Department, Northwestern
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University


Quoting "Davis, Jennifer Lauren - davis5jl" <davis5jl at jmu.edu>:
>  Hi all,
>> A colleague and I wondered what, if anything, the literature says
>> about accuracy of online vs. paper and pencil surveys. There's a lot
>> available about response rates, but does medium affect how honest
>> people are in their responses?
>> Will happily share with the list.
>> Thanks!!
>> Jenny
>> Jenny L. Davis
>> Assistant Professor of Sociology
>> James Madison University
>> Weekly Author: Cyborgology.org<http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/>
>> Twitter: @Jenny_L_Davis<https://twitter.com/Jenny_L_Davis>
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