Web Survey Bibliography
Scope: This study focuses on measurement error, one component of error of observation in the framework of the total survey error (Groves et al., 2009). More precisely, this research is about is formatting error that occurs if a rating scale does not provide a perfectly matching response option (see Schwarz & Oyserman, 2001). Therefore data collected with two different closed-ended rating scales – conventional 5-point scales and graphical visual analogue scales (VASs) – were checked against each other. About VASs: The general advantages of VASs are (1) great sensitivity because of a great range, (2) data are less affected by error, leading to more statistical power (see Funke, 2010), and (3) there are far more possibilities for data analysis (e.g., recoding into odd and even number of categories, as well as into any empirical quantile). Study Design: Respondents (N = 460) completed a 40 item Big Five personality test (found at http://ipip.ori.org/ipip/). In a between-subjects design participants were randomly assigned to a questionnaire that was either made of 5-point scales or of VASs. The VASs used in the study were plain, horizontal lines with only the ends verbally anchored. They had a range of 250 values and they were generated with the free Web service VAS Generator (see http://vasgenerator.net).
Results: Overall, higher loadings on predicted factor and lower loadings on unpredicted factors lead to more explained variance with VASs in comparison to 5-point scales. The expected factor structure was considerably clearer with VASs than with 5-point scales.
Conclusion: This study adds further evidence that VASs can have a beneficial effect on data quality and that one should think about the general reluctance to use this rating scale. Overall, VASs’ positive scale characteristics should be taken advantage of in computerized data collection.
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Web Survey Bibliography - Online measurement (791)
- Online Survey – Research with children on advertising impact; 2013; Funkenweh, V., Busch, J., Amthor, A. L., Boeer, A., Gaedke, J.
- HTML5 and mobile Web surveys: A Web experiment on new input types; 2013; Funke, F.
- Metadata on the demographics of online research: Results from a full-range study of available online...; 2013; Burger, C., Stieger, S.
- How the screen-out influence the dropout of a commercial panel; 2013; Bartoli, B.
- Rewards - Money for Nothing?; 2013; Cape, P. J., Martin, P.
- Web coverage in the UK and its potential impact on general population web surveys; 2013; Callegaro, M.
- Life history calendars - a viable method for web-based data collection?; 2013; Glasner, T., van der Vaart, W.
- Measurement issues in web surveys: An overview of opportunities and challenges; 2013; Calderwood, L.
- Issues of Coverage and Sampling in Web Surveys for the General Population: An Overview; 2013; Lynn, P.
- The Design of Grids in Web Surveys; 2013; Couper, M. P., Tourangeau, R., Conrad, F. G., Zhang, C.
- Survey Research; 2013; Abbott, M. L., McKinney, J.
- Understanding and Applying Research Design; 2013; Abbott, M. L., McKinney, J.
- Large-Scale Analysis and Testing; 2013; Cao, M., Zhang, Q.
- Virtual Research Methods; 2013; Hine, C.
- Informed Consent for Web Paradata Use; 2013; Couper, M. P., Singer, E.
- Measurement invariance and quality of composite scores in a face-to-face and a web survey; 2013; Revilla, M.
- Surveying “difficult-to-sample” backpackers through Facebook? Employing a mixed-mode dual...; 2013; Morris Paris, C.
- Online Instruments, Data Collection, and Electronic Measurements: Organizational Advancements; 2013; Bocarnea, M. C., Reynolds, R. A., Baker, J. D.
- Examining the Gender Effects of Different Incentive Amounts in a Web Survey; 2013; Boulianne, S. J.
- Worldwide online research spending; 2012
- Unintentional mobile respondents; 2012; Peterson, G.
- Tracking preference expression (DNT); 2012
- The rise of the "connected viewer"; 2012; Smith, A., Boyles, J. L.
- The practice of social research; 2012; Babbie, E. R.
- The integration of facebook into class management: an exploratory study; 2012; Chou, P. N.
- Sensitive topics in PC Web and mobile web surveys: Is there a difference?; 2012; Mavletova, A. M., Couper, M. P.
- Selection bias of internet panel surveys: A comparison with a paper-based survey and national governmental...; 2012; Tsuboi, S. et al.
- Screenwise panel: Frequently Asked Questions; 2012
- Research company spotlight - Mobile surveys; 2012
- Redeveloping the research section of Meningitis UK's website — A case study report; 2012; Witt, J. et al.
- Participation of mobile users in traditional online studies; 2012; Jue, A.
- Online survey statistics for the mobile future. Updated with Q3 2012 data; 2012
- Metering mobile usage. Insights from global Arbitron mobile trends panel; 2012; Verkasalo, H.
- Media tracker; 2012
- Measuring the quality of governmental websites in a controlled versus an online setting with the ‘...; 2012; Elling, S. et al.
- Internet use in households and by individual in 2012. Eurostat Statistics in Focus 50/2012; 2012; Seybert, H.
- Guide to social science data preparation. Best practice throughout the data life cycle; 2012
- Google et Médiamétrie créent une audience bimédia; 2012; Gonzales, P.
- Flowing with the mainstream. Is mobile market research finally living up to the hype?; 2012; Townsend, L.
- Online Surveys 2.0; 2012; Elferink, R.
- The Impact of Academic Sponsorship on Online Survey Dropout Rates; 2012; Allen, P. J., Roberts, L. D.
- Snowball Sampling in Online Social Networks; 2012; Raissi, M., Ackland, R.
- Data quality of questions sensitive to social-desirability bias in web surveys; 2012; Lozar Manfreda, K., Zajc, N., Berzelak, N., Vehovar, V.
- Online Questionnaires: Development of ‘basic requirements’; 2012; Tries, S., Blanke, K.
- Efficacy of a health-related Facebook social network site on health-seeking behaviors; 2012; Woolley, P., Peterson, M.
- Paradata; 2012; Kreuter, F.
- Modes of Data Collection; 2012; Tourangeau, R.
- Measure the response burden in the Swedish Intrastat system; 2012; Weideskog, F.
- Mode and non-response effects and their treatment; 2012; Chrysanthopoulos, S., Georgostathi, A.
- What can be said about quality in the Central Population Register based on a self-completion survey...; 2012; Falnes-Dalheim, E., Pedersen, H. E.