Improving household surveys through computer-assisted data collection: Use of touch-screen laptops in challenging environments

Jill Caviglia-Harris, Simon Hall, Katrina Mulllan, Charlie Macintyre, Simone Carolina Bauch, Daniel Harris, Erin Sills, Dar Roberts, Michael Toomey, Hoon Cha

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Abstract

Data on land use change and socioeconomic dynamics in developing countries are often collected via paper-and-pencil interviewing (PAPI). This article reviews a computer-aided personal interviewing (CAPI) methodology adopted for the fourth wave of a panel survey administered in a remote region of the Brazilian Amazon in 2009. Ruggedized touch-screen laptops were used to address challenges associated with survey administration in this setting as well as limitations associated with the PAPI method. The authors discuss hardware and software considerations, methodological innovations, and tests for mode effects on missing item response rates and enumerator learning effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-94
Number of pages21
JournalField Methods
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Computer-aided personal interviewing (CAPI)
  • Data collection
  • Household surveys
  • PAPI
  • Panel surveys

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