Experimental Change from Paper-Based Interviewing to Computer-Assisted Interviewing in the Hilda Survey

32 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2012

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Nicole Watson

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research

R Wilkins

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February 2012

Abstract

Most large-scale ongoing face-to-face surveys which began using pen and paper interviewing (PAPI) face an eventual shift to computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI). In preparation for such a shift in the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, a trial of the CAPI collection mode was undertaken in the 2007 test sample. This involved a split-sample test of 764 households, where interviewers rather than households were randomly assigned to the PAPI or CAPI mode. This paper reports on the findings of this split sample test, both in terms of the fieldwork operations and the quality of the data collected. Apart from some concerns about the length of the interview, few differences were identified in the data collected by the two modes. Where CAPI differed from PAPI, it was generally in the direction thought to enhance data quality rather than reduce it.

Keywords: Computer-assisted methods, mode evaluation, random split-sample, data quality

Suggested Citation

Watson, Nicole and Wilkins, Roger, Experimental Change from Paper-Based Interviewing to Computer-Assisted Interviewing in the Hilda Survey (February 2012). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 6/12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2018624 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2018624

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