Web Survey Bibliography
Decreasing survey participation leads to increasing survey costs and smaller precision of survey estimates. In the likely case that noncontacts and refusals differ from respondents, it may also increase nonresponse bias. Online panels are promoted as the solution to these problems. Online panels are relatively inexpensive as large samples can easily be drawn from panels containing hundreds of thousands of willing respondents. With an increasing internet penetration, even specific groups such as the elderly will have internet access and therefore they can included in online panels. Survey methodology has been developed over a period of more than 100 years. The paradigm of probability sampling has shown to work well in social research, official statistics and market research. It has allowed researchers to produce well-founded and reliable survey results. Often the impression is created that this paradigm also applies to online panel research. Sadly, general survey quality criteria such as sample size and response rate cannot be generalized to panel studies. Under-coverage and self-selection may seriously limit their value for scientific and policy making purposes. Some survey researchers claim that the problems mentioned above can be reduced by applying some kind of weighting adjustment procedure, e.g. using weighting variables measured in a reference survey. We argue this is a too optimistic point of view. The presentation will outline why online panels do not solve the problems caused by decreased participation. Will discuss online panels within a quality framework and will present examples of possibly useful applications of online panels in academic and governmental research.
In market research online panels are considered to be the future. There are signs, however, that despite the rapidly increasing market share of web research, the rising star of online panels is already on the wane.
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Web Survey Bibliography - Bethlehem, J. (33)
- Web Panels for Official Statistics? ; 2013; Bethlehem, J., Cobben, F.
- Web Panels; 2012; Bethlehem, J., Biffignandi, S.
- Use of Response Propensities; 2012; Bethlehem, J., Biffignandi, S.
- Weighting Adjustment Techniques; 2012; Bethlehem, J., Biffignandi, S.
- The Problem of Self-Selection; 2012; Bethlehem, J.,Biffignandi, S.
- The Problem of Undercoverage; 2012; Bethlehem, J., Biffignandi, S.
- Mixed-Mode Surveys; 2012; Bethlehem, J., Biffignandi, S.
- Designing a Web Survey Questionnaire; 2012; Bethlehem, J., Biffignandi, S.
- Web Surveys: Methodological Problems and Research Perspectives; 2012; Biffignandi, S., Bethlehem, J.
- About Web Surveys ; 2012; Bethlehem, J., Biffignandi, S.
- Errors in Web Surveys; 2012; Bethlehem, J., Biffignandi, S.
- Sampling for Web Surveys.; 2012; Bethlehem, J., Biffignandi, S.
- The Road to Web Surveys; 2012; Bethlehem, J., Biffignandi, S.
- Web Surveys and Other Modes of Data Collection; 2012; Bethlehem, J., Biffignandi, S.
- Handbook of Web Surveys; 2012; Bethlehem, J. Biffignandi, S.
- Handbook of Nonresponse in Household Surveys ; 2011; Bethlehem, J., Cobben, F., Schouten, B.
- Can web surveys provide an adequate alternative to phone and face to face surveys?; 2011; Bethlehem, J.
- How Representative Are Online Panels? Problems of Coverage and Selection and Possible Solutions; 2010; Bethlehem, J., Scherpenzeel, A.
- Selection Bias in Web Surveys; 2010; Bethlehem, J.
- Can we make official statistics with self-selection web surveys?; 2009; Bethlehem, J.
- The rise of survey sampling; 2009; Bethlehem, J.
- New developments in survey methodology for official statistics; 2009; Bethlehem, J.
- Indicators for the representativeness of survey response; 2009; Schouten, B., Cobben, F., Bethlehem, J.
- Use of Web surveys in Official Statistics; 2009; Bethlehem, J.
- Applied Survey Methods: A Statistical Perspective (Wiley Series in Survey Methodology); 2009; Bethlehem, J.
- Nonresponse Bias in Surveys; 2009; Bethlehem, J., Vehovar, V., Stoop, I., Schouten, B., Shlomo, N., Skinner, C., Montaquila, J.
- Representativity of web surveys – an illusion?; 2008; Bethlehem, J.
- How accurate are self-selection web surveys?; 2008; Bethlehem, J.
- Online Panels - A Paradigm Theft? ; 2007; Bethlehem, J., Stoop, I.
- Access Panels and Survey Nonresponse: Making It Better or Worse?; 2007; Stoop, I., Bethlehem, J., de Bie, S.
- Blaise – Alive and kicking for 20 years; 2006; Bethlehem, J., Hofman, L.
- Internet Survey Developments At Statistics Netherlands; 2005; Bethlehem, J.
- TADEQ: A Tool for the Documentation and Analysis of Electronic Questionnaires; 2004; Bethlehem, J., Hundepool, A.