Web Surveys for the General Population: How, Why and When?

Nicolaas, Gerry and Calderwood, Lisa and Lynn, Peter and Roberts, Caroline (2014) Web Surveys for the General Population: How, Why and When? Project Report. NCRM. (Submitted)

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Cultural and technological change has made the web a possible and even desirable mode for complex social surveys, but the financial challenges faced by the Research Councils and the UK Government has accelerated this shift, creating an urgent need to explore both its potential and hazards for a range of studies. While some progress in carrying out large-scale complex social surveys on the web has been made, there is still no consensus about how this can best be achieved while maintaining population representativeness and preserving data quality.

To address this problem, the NCRM funded a network of methodological innovation “Web Surveys for the General Population: How, Why and When?” (also known by its acronym GenPopWeb). A key objective of the network’s activities was to review and synthesise existing knowledge about the use of web-based data collection for general population samples and to identify areas where new research is needed.

In this report, the authors provide a summary of the main issues identified by the network (chapter 2), present the key barriers to using web for surveys of the general population (chapter 3), propose a research agenda for the social science community (chapter 4), argue the case for a UK probability-based web panel (chapter 5), and conclude with recommendations for an infrastructure for enabling a transition to web platforms (chapter 6).

Item Type: Working Paper (Project Report)
Subjects: 1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.6 Survey Research
1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.8 Longitudinal Research
3. Data Quality and Data Management > 3.6 Nonresponse
Depositing User: NCRM users
Date Deposited: 12 May 2014 15:39
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 13:59
URI: https://eprints.ncrm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3309

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