Improving survey methods: lessons from recent research

This state-of-the-art volume provides insight into the recent developments in survey research. It covers topics like: survey modes and response effects, bio indicators and paradata, interviewer and survey error, mixed-mode panels, sensitive questions, conducting web surveys and access panels, coping with non-response, and handling missing data. The authors are leading scientists in the field, and discuss the latest methods and challenges with respect to these topics. Each of the book’s eight parts starts with a brief chapter that provides an historical context along with an overview of today’s most critical survey methods. Chapters in the sections focus on research applications in practice and discuss results from field studies. As such, the book will help researchers design surveys according to today’s best practices.

Book contents:

  1. Improving survey methods: General Introduction

  2. Survey modes and response effects: Overview and introduction

  3. Survey mode and mode effects

  4. Response effects and the cognitive involvement in answering survey questions

  5. Telephone surveys using mobile phones

  6. Interviewers and survey error: Overview and introduction

  7. Can interviewer personality, attitudes and experience explain the design effect in face-to-face surveys?

  8. Interviewers’ falsifications in face-to-face surveys – Impact, reasons, detection and prevention

  9. Asking sensitive questions: Overview and introduction

  10. A new randomizing device for the RRT using Benford’s Law: An application in an online survey

  11. Asking sensitive questions: A critical account of the Randomized Response Technique and related methods

  12. The factorial survey as a method for measuring sensitive issues

  13. Conducting web surveys: Overview and introduction

  14. Web Surveys in official statistics

  15. e-Social Science perspective on survey process: Towards an integrated web questionnaire development

  16. Evaluating cross-national item equivalence with probing questions in web surveys

  17. Conducting access panels: Overview and introduction

  18. Response behavior in an adaptive survey design for the setting-up stage of a probability-based access panel in Germany

  19. Survey participation in a probability-based internet panel in the Netherlands

  20. The access panel of German Official Statistics as a selection frame

  21. Accuracy of estimates in access panel based surveys

  22. Surveys - Expanding the horizon: Overview and introduction

  23. Linking surveys and administrative data

  24. Enhancing surveys with objective measurement and observe ratings

  25. The use of paradata

  26. Coping with nonresponse: Overview and introduction

  27. Targeted response inducement strategies on longitudinal surveys

  28. Incentive Effects

  29. Nonresponse in comparative studies: Enhancing response rates and detecting and minimizing nonresponse bias

  30. Handling missing data: Overview and Introduction

  31. A split questionnaire survey design for data with block structure correlation matrix

  32. Multiple imputation of multilevel count data

  33. Robust multiple imputation