Handbook of Web Surveys

Handbook of Web Surveys

Author(s): Jelke Bethlehem, Silvia Biffignandi

Published Online: 4 OCT 2011

Print ISBN: 9780470603567

Online ISBN: 9781118121757

DOI: 10.1002/9781118121757

About this Book


Exclusively combining design and sampling issues, Handbook of Web Surveys presents a theoretical yet practical approach to creating and conducting web surveys. From the history of web surveys to various modes of data collection to tips for detecting error, this book thoroughly introduces readers to the this cutting-edge technique and offers tips for creating successful web surveys.

The authors provide a history of web surveys and go on to explore the advantages and disadvantages of this mode of data collection. Common challenges involving under-coverage, self-selection, and measurement errors are discussed as well as topics including:

  • Sampling designs and estimation procedures

  • Comparing web surveys to face-to-face, telephone, and mail surveys

  • Errors in web surveys

  • Mixed-mode surveys

  • Weighting techniques including post-stratification, generalized regression estimation, and raking ratio estimation

  • Use of propensity scores to correct bias

  • Web panels

Real-world examples illustrate the discussed concepts, methods, and techniques, with related data freely available on the book's Website. Handbook of Web Surveys is an essential reference for researchers in the fields of government, business, economics, and the social sciences who utilize technology to gather, analyze, and draw results from data. It is also a suitable supplement for survey methods courses at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels.

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