Advice in surveying the general public over the internet

D.A. Dillman, U.D. Reips, U. Matzat

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Summary: The advancements reported here come not from trying to fit the general public to the Internet (e.g. volunteer samples, email contacts only and payments afterwards) but instead trying to fit survey requests to people's normal lives. This approach includes adopting a mixed-mode data collection strategy that relies on mail contact to deliver incentives and an orchestrated approach to encouraging people to respond to those modes in sequence. The development of new ways of thinking about data collection practices was needed when telephone RDD methods began to replace personal interviewing in the 1970's, just as new thinking is now needed for encouraging Internet surveying in the 2010's. As a result, widespread use of the Internet for surveys of the general public now seems feasible, and the authors are eagerly looking forward to the invention of methodologies that will reduce the many difficulties in doing surveys.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Internet Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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