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Title The effect of personalization on response rates and data quality in web surveys
Author Heerwegh, D., Vanhove, T., Matthijs, K., Loosveldt, G.
Year 2005
Database EBSCOhost
Access date 29.07.2005

Personalizing correspondence has often shown to significantly increase survey response rates in mail surveys. This study experimentally tests whether personalization of email invitations acts correspondingly to websurvey response rates. Also, it is investigated whether personalization influences data quality. The results of the study, using a large student sample, show that personalization significantly increases the websurvey response rate by 8.6 percentage points. The data quality does not appear to be affected in any major way by personalizing the email invitations. However, the analyses do show that respondents of the personalization condition tend to respond with more social desirability bias to sensitive questions. Therefore, it is concluded that personalization has positive effects on the survey response rate, but one should carefully consider whether or not to personalize when a survey on sensitive topics is conducted.

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Year of publication2005
Bibliographic typeJournal article