Use of web and in-person survey modes to gather data from young adults on sex and drug Use: An evaluation of cost, time, and survey error based on a randomized mixed-mode design

Barbara J. McMorris, Renee S. Petrie, Richard F. Catalano, Charles B. Fleming, Kevin P. Haggerty, Robert D. Abbott

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Abstract

In a randomized test of mixed-mode data collection strategies, 386 participants in the Raising Healthy Children (RHC) Project were either (a) asked to complete a survey via the Internet and later offered the opportunity to complete the survey in person or (b) first offered an in-person survey, with the Web follow-up. The Web-first condition resulted in cost savings although the overall completion rates for the 2 conditions were similar. On average, in-person-first condition participants completed surveys earlier in the field period than Web-first condition participants. Based on intent-to-treat analyses, little evidence of condition effects on response bias, with respect to rates or levels of reported behavior, was found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-158
Number of pages21
JournalEvaluation Review
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • Longitudinal panel
  • Mixed-mode
  • Sensitive behavior
  • Sexual behavior
  • Substance use
  • Web survey

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