Interviewer Effects from a Total Survey Error Perspective (Chapman & Hall/CRC Statistics in the Social and Behavioral S) (Paperback)

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By Kristen Olson (Editor), Jolene D. Smyth (Editor), Jennifer Dykema (Editor)
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Interviewer Effects from a Total Survey Error Perspective presents a comprehensive collection of state-of-the-art research on interviewer-administered survey data collection. Interviewers play an essential role in the collection of the high-quality survey data used to learn about our society and improve the human condition. Although many surveys are conducted using self-administered modes, interviewer-administered modes continue to be optimal for surveys that require high levels of participation, include difficult-to-survey populations, and collect biophysical data. Survey interviewing is complex, multifaceted, and challenging. Interviewers are responsible for locating sampled units, contacting sampled individuals and convincing them to cooperate, asking questions on a variety of topics, collecting other kinds of data, and providing data about respondents and the interview environment. Careful attention to the methodology that underlies survey interviewing is essential for interviewer-administered data collections to succeed.

In 2019, survey methodologists, survey practitioners, and survey operations specialists participated in an international workshop at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to identify best practices for surveys employing interviewers and outline an agenda for future methodological research. This book features 23 chapters on survey interviewing by these worldwide leaders in the theory and practice of survey interviewing. Chapters include:

  • The legacy of Dr. Charles F. Cannell's groundbreaking research on training survey interviewers and the theory of survey interviewing
  • Best practices for training survey interviewers
  • Interviewer management and monitoring during data collection
  • The complex effects of interviewers on survey nonresponse
  • Collecting survey measures and survey paradata in different modes
  • Designing studies to estimate and evaluate interviewer effects
  • Best practices for analyzing interviewer effects
  • Key gaps in the research literature, including an agenda for future methodological research
  • Chapter appendices available to download from https: //

Written for managers of survey interviewers, survey methodologists, and students interested in the survey data collection process, this unique reference uses the Total Survey Error framework to examine optimal approaches to survey interviewing, presenting state-of-the-art methodological research on all stages of the survey process involving interviewers. Acknowledging the important history of survey interviewing while looking to the future, this one-of-a-kind reference provides researchers and practitioners with a roadmap for maximizing data quality in interviewer-administered surveys.

About the Author

Kristen Olson, Ph.D., is Leland J. and Dorothy H. Olson Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.Jennifer Dykema, Ph.D., is Distinguished Scientist and Senior Survey Methodologist at the University of Wisconsin Survey Center.Allyson L. Holbrook, Ph.D., is a Professor of Public Administration and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Frauke Kreuter, Ph.D., is Director of the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland, Professor of Statistics and Methodology at the University of Mannheim, and Head of the Statistical Methods Research Department (on leave) at the Institute for Employment Research in Nuremberg.Jolene D. Smyth, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Director of the Bureau of Sociological Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Brady T. West, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor in the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research on the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781032241517
ISBN-10: 1032241519
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication Date: December 13th, 2021
Pages: 360
Language: English
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Statistics in the Social and Behavioral S