Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.5, No.1, 1989. pp. 3–21
Information Technology and Survey Research: Where Do We Go From Here?
J. Merrill Shanks
Abstract:This article reviews the areas in which information technology has had an impact on the cost, quality, or complexity of survey research, and discusses alternative strategies for integrating the computer-based activities which take place in different stages of the survey research process. Special attention is given to the continuing revolution in survey data collection, for it is the only area of applied computing that is unique to the survey field and is central to the eventual integration of data collection, analysis, and management.
Keywords:Computer-assisted surveys; data collection; data management; data analysis; computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI); generalization of technical procedures; alternative computing environments; survey integration.
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