Pictures instead of survey questions: An experimental investigation of the feasibility of using pictures in a housing survey

Anyone with a smartphone can take pictures anytime anywhere. This opens the opportunity for researchers to collect photos to augment traditional Web survey data. We conducted an experimental survey asking 2700 members of the Dutch LISS panel about …

Vacancy for Phd student

Are you interested in surveys, official statistics, apps, and sensors and do you have the ambition to contribute to scientific progress as well as perform socially relevant research? Then a PhD position at the department of Methodology and Statistics of Utrecht University & Statistics Netherlands (CBS) might be just the right job for you. You will work on a project “Push-to-app: Effective recruitment and retention in smart surveys”. With the increased use of smart devices such as smartphones, wearables, and smart home sensors by individuals, using these devices for data collection is a next logical step for official statistics.

An app-assisted travel survey in official statistics. Possibilities and challenges

Advances in smartphone technology have allowed for individuals to have access to nearcontinuous location tracking at a very precise level. As the backbone of mobility research, the Travel Diary Study, has continued to offer decreasing response rates …

Mobile-only web survey respondents

My breaks between posts are getting longer and longer. Sorry my dear readers. Today, I am writing about research done over a year ago that I did with Vera Toepoel and Alerk Amin. Our study was about a group of respondents we can no longer ignore: Mobile-only web survey respondents. These are people, who do no longer use a laptop or desktop PC and use their smartphone for most or any of their Internet browsing, but instead use a smartphone.

The traditional web survey is dead

Why we should throw out most of what we know on how to visually design web surveys In 2000, web surveys looked like postal surveys stuck onto a screen. Survey researchers needed time to get used to the idea that web surveys should perhaps look differently from mail surveys. When I got into survey methodology in 2006, everyone was for example still figuring out whether to use drop down menus (no), how many questions to put on one screen (a few at most), let alone whether to use slider bars (it’s not going to reduce breakoffs).