Internet, Phone, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 18, 2014 - Education - 528 pages
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The classic survey design reference, updated for the digital age

For over two decades, Dillman's classic text on survey design has aided both students and professionals in effectively planning and conducting mail, telephone, and, more recently, Internet surveys. The new edition is thoroughly updated and revised, and covers all aspects of survey research. It features expanded coverage of mobile phones, tablets, and the use of do-it-yourself surveys, and Dillman's unique Tailored Design Method is also thoroughly explained. This invaluable resource is crucial for any researcher seeking to increase response rates and obtain high-quality feedback from survey questions. Consistent with current emphasis on the visual and aural, the new edition is complemented by copious examples within the text and accompanying website.

This heavily revised Fourth Edition includes:

  • Strategies and tactics for determining the needs of a given survey, how to design it, and how to effectively administer it
  • How and when to use mail, telephone, and Internet surveys to maximum advantage
  • Proven techniques to increase response rates
  • Guidance on how to obtain high-quality feedback from mail, electronic, and other self-administered surveys
  • Direction on how to construct effective questionnaires, including considerations of layout
  • The effects of sponsorship on the response rates of surveys
  • Use of capabilities provided by newly mass-used media: interactivity, presentation of aural and visual stimuli.
  • The Fourth Edition reintroduces the telephone—including coordinating land and mobile.

Grounded in the best research, the book offers practical how-to guidelines and detailed examples for practitioners and students alike.

 

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Contents

Sample Surveys in Our Electronic World
3
x
20
Reducing Peoples Reluctance to Respond to Surveys
21
Covering the Population and Selecting
56
Contents
94
How to Write Open and ClosedEnded Questions
127
Aural Versus Visual Design of Questions
169
Ordering Questions and Testing for Question
228
Web Questionnaires and Implementation
303
Mail Questionnaires and Implementation 351 Guidelines for Designing Paper Questionnaires
352
MixedMode Questionnaires and Survey
398
Conclusion
447
References
469
Author Index
491
Subject Index
497
Copyright

Telephone Questionnaires and Implementation
258

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About the author (2014)

Don A. Dillman, PHD, is Regents’ Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University. He received the Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics from the American Statistical Association and the Washington Statistical Society in 2000.

Jolene D. Smyth, PHD, is an associate professor in the Survey Research and Methodology Program and the Department of Sociology and is the Director of the Bureau of Social Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Leah Melani Christian, PHD, is a Director in Research Methods at Nielsen where her work focuses on panel recruitment and maintenance.

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