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Good questions, bad questions? A Post-Survey Evaluation Strategy Based on Item Nonresponse


Gummer, Tobias; Roßmann, Joss


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Abstract In this paper we discuss a three-step strategy to evaluate data quality in terms of item nonresponse and to identify potentially flawed questions. We provide an example with several data sets of a large-scale social scientific study to illustrate the application of the strategy and to highlight its benefits. In survey research it is common practice to test questions ex ante, for example by means of cognitive pretesting. Nevertheless, it is necessary to check the respondents’ response behavior throughout the questionnaire to evaluate the quality of the collected data. Articles addressing item nonresponse mostly focus on individuals or specific questions – adjusting the focus on the questionnaire as a whole seems to be a fruitful addition for survey methodology. Shifting the perspective enables us to identify problematic questions ex post and adjust the questionnaire or research design before re-applying it to further studies or to assess the data quality of a study. This need may arise from shortcomings or failures during the cognitive pretesting or as a result of unforeseen events during the data collection. Furthermore, result of this ex post analysis may be an integral part of data quality reports.
Thesaurusschlagwörter data quality; response behavior; statistical analysis; survey research; survey; data capture; methodology; questionnaire
Klassifikation Erhebungstechniken und Analysetechniken der Sozialwissenschaften
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2013
Seitenangabe 10 S.
Zeitschriftentitel Survey Methods: Insights from the Field (2013)
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.13094/SMIF-2013-00010
ISSN 2296-4754
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerz., Keine Bearbeitung