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papers are posted.
Smyth, Don A. Dillman, Leah Melani Christian and Michael J. Stern. 2004. How
Visual Grouping Influences Answers to Internet Surveys. Technical
Report #04-023. Washington State University Social and Economic Sciences
Research Center: Pullman. 32pp. An extended version of paper presented at
the American Association for Public Opinion Research Meetings, May, 2004.
||Redline, Cleo D., Don A.
Dillman, Lisa Carley-Baxter, and Robert H. Creecy. Factors
that Influence Reading and Comprehension of Branching Instructions in
Self-Administered Questionnaires. Forthcoming in Allgemeines
Statistisches Archiv (Journal of German Statistical Society). An extended
version of this paper is also listed on this web page.
Christian. December 2003. The
Influence of Visual Layout on Scalar Questions in Web Surveys. Unpublished
Master's Thesis. This thesis reports analyzes of the effects of
different visual layouts of scalar questions from a web survey conducted
in Spring 2003 that also included other visual manipulations analyzed in
several other papers mentioned on this web page.
||Leah M. Christian and Don
A. Dillman. August 2003. The Influence of
Graphical Language Manipulations on Answers to Self-Administered Questionnaires:
Results from 14 Experimental Comparisons. A
Revision of this paper is forthcoming in Public
Opinion Quarterly. This version of the paper is
based on another paper with a similar title posted on this website in
October,2002, titled: "The Influence of Words,
Symbols, Numbers and Graphics on Answers to
||Don A. Dillman, Jolene D.
Smyth, Leah M. Christian, and Michael J. Stern. August
Anwer questions in Self-administered Surveys: The Use
of Check-All-That-Apply and Forced-Choice Question Formats.
||Don A. Dillman and Leah Melani Christian. Survey
Mode as a Source of Instability in Responses across Surveys.
Forthcoming in the journal, Field Methods. This is a
revised version of a paper presented at the
Workshop on Stability of Methods for Collecting,
Analyzing and Managing Panel Data, American academy of Arts and Sciences,
Cambridge, MA March 27, 2003
||Cleo D. Redline, Don A. Dillman, Lisa Carley-Baxter,
and Robert Creecy. Factors
that Influence Reading and Comprehension in Self-Administered
Questionnaires. Paper presented
at the Workshop on Item-Nonresponse and Data Quality,
Basel Switzerland, October 10, 2003.
||Don A. Dillman and
Leah Christian. October 2002. The
Influence Words, Symbols, Numbers, and Graphics on Answers to
Self-Administered Questionnaires: Results from 18 Experimental Comparisons.
||Don A. Dillman. Draft
of Navigating the Rapids of Change: Some
Observations on Survey Methodology in the Early 21st
Century. Draft of Presidential Address to American
Association for Public Opinion Research annual
meeting, May 18, 2002. Revised version forthcoming in Public
Opinion Quarterly, Fall 2002. Comments are welcomed.
A. Dillman, Glenn Phelps, Robert Tortora, Karen Swift, Julie Kohrell, and
Jodi Berck. 2001. Response
Rate and Measurement Differences in Mixed Mode Surveys Using Mail,
Telephone, Interactive Voice Response and the Internet. Draft Paper.
Comments are appreciated.
A. Dillman, and Lisa Carley-Baxter. 2000. Structural
Determinants of Mail Survey Response Rates Over a 12 Year Period:
1988~1999. (This paper replaces one
listed in August, 2000. After completing the previously posted
draft we learned that the questionnaires in the 102 surveys we analyzed
varied in length, a variable known to influence response rates. We have
now added that variable to the analysis, and certain results have change
significantly. Dillman Don A. and Lisa Carley-Baxter. Forthcoming.
Structural Determinants of Mail Survey Response Rates Over a 12 Year
Period, 1988 ~ 1999. Proceedings of the Section on Survey Methods, The
American Statistical Association. Va. Alexandria.)
Bowker and Don A. Dillman. 2000. An Experimental Evaluation of Left and
Right Oriented Screens for Web Questionnaires.
Dillman, Scot Caldwell, and Mary Gansemer. 2000. Visual Design Effects on
Item Nonresponse to a Question About Work Satisfaction That Precedes the
Q-12 Agree-Disagree Items.
Don A. 2000. Procedures
for Conducting Government- Sponsored Establishment Surveys: Comparisons of
the Total Design Method (TDM), A Traditional Cost-Compensation Model, and
||Dillman, Don A. and Dennis K.
Bowker. 2001. The
Web Questionnaire Challenge to Survey Methodologists in Dimensions
of Internet Science. Edited by Ulf-Dietrich Reips & Michael Bosnjak.
Available from Pabst Science Publishers, Eichengrund 28, D-49525 Lengerich,
||Dillman, Don A., Redline, Cleo D., and Lisa
R. Carley-Baxter. 1999. Influence
of Type of Question on Skip Pattern Compliance in Self-Administered
Questionnaires. Presented at the American Statistical Association
||Redline, Cleo D., and Don A.
Dillman. 1999. The
Influence of Auxiliary, Symbolic, Numeric, and Verbal Languages On
Navigational Compliance in Self-Administered Questionnaires.
||Dillman, Don A. 1999. Mail
and Other Self-Administered Surveys in the 21st Century: The
Beginning of a New Era. Revised version available in Gallup
||Redline, Cleo, D., Dillman, Don A., Carley-Baxter,
Lisa, and Arrick Jackson. 1999. Making
Visible the Invisible: An Experiment with Skip Instructions on Paper
||Dillman, Don A., Lisa
Arrick Jackson. 1999. Skip Pattern
Compliance in Three Test Forms: A Theoretical and Empirical Evaluation.
SESRC Technical Report 99-01, Pullman, Washington.
||Melevin, Paul T., Don A. Dillman, Rodney
Baxter, and C. Ellen Lamiman. 1998. Personal
Delivery of Mail Questionnaires for Household Surveys: A Test of Four
Revised version forthcoming in Journal of Applied Sociology.
||Dillman, Don A., Robert D. Tortora, and
Dennis Bowker. 1998. Principles for
Constructing Web Surveys. (Click
here to view the figures for this paper.) SESRC Technical Report
98-50, Pullman, Washington
||Dillman, Don A., Robert D. Tortora, John
Conradt, and Dennis Bowker. 1998. Influence
of Plain vs. Fancy Design on Response Rates for Web Surveys.
Presented at Joint Statistical Meetings, Dallas, Texas. August 1998.
||Schaefer, David R. and Don A. Dillman. 1998.
Development of a Standard E-mail
Methodology: Results of an Experiment. Revised version available
from Public Opinion Quarterly, 62:378-397.
||Dillman, Don A. 1997. The
Role of Behavioral Survey Methodologists in National Statistic Agencies.
Revised version forthcoming in International Statistical Review.
||The following papers are
available from: http://www.census.gov/srd/www/
"Jenkins, Cleo R. and Don A. Dillman, A Theory of
Self-Administered Questionnaire Design, A revised
version of the paper appeared in the book, Survey
Measurement and Process Quality, edited by Lars Lyberg, etal., Wiley-Inter
Science, New York: NY 1997. (SM95/06)
Redline, Cleo D., Richard A. Smiley, Don A. Dillman, Lisa R. Carley-Baxter,
Making Visible the Invisible: An Experiment with Skip
Instructions on Paper Questionnaires, presented at
the 1999 Annual Conference of the American Association
for Public Opinion Research, St. Petersburg, Florida. (SM00/02)
Redline, Cleo D. and Don A. Dillman. The Influence of Alternative
Visual Designs on Respondents' Performance with Branchinc Instructions in
Self-Administered Questionnaires. A revised version of this
paper was published as Chapter 12 in Survey
Nonresponse, edited by Robert Groves et al.
published by John Wiley, New York: NY. (SM00/04)
Redline, Cleo D., Don A. Dillman Aref N. Dajani and Mary Ann Scaggs.
The Effects of Altering the Design of Branching
instructions on Navigational Performance in Census
2000. This is a technical report published by the U.S. Bureau
of the Census. A paper based upon this report is forthcoming in the
Journal of Official Statistics (RSM2002/02)