TF 16 .(WG3) Selecting survey for experimenting implementation and implementation guidelines
Sub-Title: Potential large-scale surveys for web data collection
According to the Mou, one of the tasks of WG3 is to focus on the specific questions that should be addressed if web-surveys are used as a new option for data collection for existing surveys. To achieve this, a list of potential surveys must first be constructed. This task force will concentrate on this job.
Introduction: Many of the large-scale surveys are using traditional modes of data collection such as face-to-face or telephone, even though they are expensive and data quality may be compromised, especially when sensitive questions are asked. Switching to web surveys may help to improve some aspects of these surveys in terms, for instance, of measurement errors, costs and so on. Nevertheless, these surveys continue to use traditional modes of data collection, possibly because they are not convinced that they can improve data quality by swhiching to the web while at the same time maintain comparability. This task force will identify large-scale surveys that can potentially include the web in their data-collection without threatening data quality or comparability.
Task force leader: Melanie RevillaTask force members: open to all
Aim: The goal of this task force is threefold. First, to identify surveys that use traditional modes to collect data and could benefit of moving to web data collection. Secondly, to select from this list of surveys, a few surveys based on criteria determined by the task force. Thirdly to contact survey directors and convince them to include the Internet in their data collection.
Organization / planning:
In the first meeting (in Mannheim in March 2013) task force members will discuss and make a list of surveys, using traditional modes and appear to be potential candidates for a future switch to a web survey or a mixed-mode survey including the web.
Next steps are:
a) Deeper investigation of the selected surveys with respect to their actual characteristics. The aim of this investigation is to understand if and how the TF 10 (WG3) (General framework) concepts could fit to the survey transition to web (or mixed mode with web).
b) Select a small number of surveys
c) Contact with the directors of the selected surveys
d) Further steps on implementation and guidelines will be decided and eventually specific task forces activated
1) list of large scale surveys and selection of surveys to be investigated for possible switch to the web
2) overview of selected large-scale surveys with respect to their characteristics and feasibility to fit the the General Framework (TF10 WG3) in moving to web data collection
3) Contact survey directors, of the selected surveys, and attempt to convince them to include web data collection in their surveys
3) if possible, initiate and guide/support the process of change from traditional modes to the web in the surveys that agree to take part
As mentioned in the previous post, the task force will meet for the first time in the Mannheim meeting in March. So far we have started thinking about big European surveys that could be of interest, like:
- European Values Study (EVS)
- The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)
- Labour Force Survey (LFS)
- European Community Household Panel (ECHP)
But this is just a first idea and others surveys could be included. We would need people knowing well some surveys:
- helping us to determine which ones could really be interesting to try to help them including web data collection in their design
- giving us contacts with some people working in the surveys with who we could discuss later on
All those interested in collaborating in this TF, please reply to this post. Thanks!