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Computer-Assisted Interviewing (Quantitative Applications in by Willem Egbert Saris

By Willem Egbert Saris

Aimed toward assisting researchers to enhance their data's caliber, Computer-Assisted Interviewing is helping readers determine the probabilities and problems which come up in computer-assisted interviewing. the writer annotates samples of tangible examine questionnaires in order that readers can evaluate the standard paper questionnaire opposed to the additional statements wanted for transparent computer-assisted interviewing. additionally, the e-book contains an outline of the $64000 gains to think about if one desires to buy a CADAC software.

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This overview has shown that the self-administered questionnaire has quite a number of advantages over the intervieweradministered interview. In the previous section, we described some procedures that can help keep the quality high. In this section, we pointed to several procedures that can improve the quality. But, again, these advantages are not obtained for free. They require extra effort from the designer of the questionnaire. The formulation demands more effort and time. And it is not only the writing of the questionnaire that requires extra time, but the testing of the questionnaire as well.

Christmas); the birthdays of the respondent and other members of the household also can be included if this information is available. With these dates fixed in the calendar, it has been suggested that other activities, such as visits to the doctor, purchases, or other behavior, can be located more precisely in time (Loftus and Marburger, 1983). Summary and Correction Screens A similar tool to improve the quality of the data in self-administered interviews is the summary and correction screen, or SC screen.

Only occasionally will the interviewer play an important role, namely when the questionnaire is not very suitable for the respondent and all kinds of problems arise. However, even in these situations, the interviewer cannot do very much because of the relatively rigid structure of CADAC procedures. We will return to this point later. Keeping Up the Pace of the Interview A very important aspect of interviewing, especially of telephone interviewing, is that there should only be a very short time between questions.

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