By Matthias Schonlau
Internet-based surveys, even supposing nonetheless of their infancy, have gotten more and more renowned simply because they're believed to be quicker, higher, more cost-effective, and more straightforward to behavior than surveys utilizing more-traditional cellphone or mail tools. according to proof within the literature and real-life case stories, this ebook examines the validity of these claims. The authors talk about the benefits and downsides of utilizing e mail and the net to behavior examine surveys, and in addition provide functional feedback for designing and imposing net surveys so much successfully.
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In some cases, it is also possible to employ a “frameless” sampling strategy that, when properly designed, may allow every member of the target population a positive chance to be sampled. For surveys conducted over the Internet, there is the concern that a large fraction of the general population does not have access to a personal computer or is otherwise unable to participate in an Internet-based survey. S. population. Background on the Survey Process 15 Furthermore, in the case of Internet surveys, access is not the only issue affecting coverage.
3. The frame population is that portion of the target population that can be enumerated via a sampling frame. ______________ 8 In a census, the entire population is surveyed. With a sample, only a subset of the population is surveyed. 1 Types of Survey Errors and Their Source Error Coverage Source Failure to give any chance of sample selection to some individuals in the population Sampling Heterogeneity in the survey measure among persons in the population Nonresponse Failure to collect data on all persons in the sample Measurement Inaccuracies in responses recorded on the survey instruments that arise from: • The effect interviewers have on respondents’ answers to survey questions • Respondent error (from the respondent’s inability to answer questions, lack of requisite effort to obtain the correct answer, or other psychological factors) • Error due to the weakness in the wording of survey questionnaires • Error due to effects of the mode of data collection (such as face-to-face or telephone communications).
A final note: Commercial survey firms that use prerecruited panels of volunteers can execute Web surveys extremely quickly (see Chapter Four). ______________ 11Although not statistically significant, the e-mail survey had a mean response time of just over eight days, while the equivalent mail survey had a mean response of almost ten days. 12The response rate refers to the number of people who received a particular survey. When factoring in various other forms of nonresponse, this rate declines to about 25 to 30 percent.