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 exact 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 ebook contains an summary of the $64000 positive aspects to think about if one desires to buy a CADAC software.

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Monitoring the Behavior of Interviewers It is inherent in the role of the interviewer in these procedures that the interviewers can do things that the researcher does not wish them to do. At worst, they talk to the wrong person, or falsify interviews or parts of interviews. It is not known how frequently this occurs (Groves and Nicholls, 1986), but all research institutes at some time are confronted with such occurrences. < previous page page_39 next page > < previous page page_40 next page > Page 40 Less extreme, but also very unpleasant, is the fact that the interviewers have a tendency to change the wording of the questions, partly in anticipation of the answers expected of the respondents (Brenner, 1982; Dijkstra, 1983).

In self-administered procedures this is not a problem, because the respondents can always look back. They have the time and all the information in front of them. This means that this limitation does not apply to the procedures discussed here. However, not only can questions with many categories be used, but also there are possibilities that are completely out of the question in interviewer-administered < previous page page_46 next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 Person Age (1) John 40 (2) Mary 39 (3) Harry 17 (4) Lucy 12 Please check carefully whether the names and ages of the people in the table are correct because other questions depend on this information being correct.

Nevertheless, there are differences: The CAPI interviews take longer than paper-and-pencil interviews, and the notes made by the interviewer on the computer are shorter (Couper and Groves, 1989). Whatever the conclusion on this point in the future, may be it is safe to say that the interview situation changes quite dramatically in the self-administered approach. A much more active role is required of the respondent, as well as more skills than in interviewer-administered interviewing. ) Saris et al.

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