Reducing Error in Computerized Survey Data Collection

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln National Science 
Foundation/Census Bureau Research Network (NU-NCRN)

With an overall goal of improving the quality of data derived from surveys, the research will be focused on accomplishing three objectives:

  • Evaluate the use of four diagnostic tools for: (a) identifying measurement errors in computer-assisted, interviewer-administered data collection instruments and (b) informing visual redesign of common features of computer-assisted, interviewer-administered data collection instruments.
  • Evaluate the use of adaptive/responsive designs in which a dynamic modeling of collected data is used to modify the questionnaire as the data are being collected.
  • Evaluate the application of calendar- and time diary-based data collection methods to aid in the accuracy of behavioral self-reports by tailoring questions to the needs of individual respondents.