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Improving Web-Based Survey Research Data Collection White, James, A., Carey, Lou M., & Dailey, Kathleen A. University of S...
Introduction <ul><li>This paper describes the use of client-side JavaScript and server-side Perl to collect and process su...
Digital Divide Closes <ul><li>Forrester research survey this month finds … Hispanic families more connected (47%) to the I...
Templates <ul><li>All of the materials demonstrated in this session can be accessed at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.coedu...
HTML with “MAILTO” Method <ul><li>Turner & Turner (1998, 1999)  </li></ul><ul><li>More easily implemented </li></ul><ul><l...
With JavaScript <ul><li>Data validation can be accomplished on the client before the data are ever submitted </li></ul><ul...
With Perl <ul><ul><li>Data can be prepared for analysis automatically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tedious, error-prone hand...
Requirements <ul><li>Computer equipped with the hardware/connectivity to be a web server(cost=3-5 times a desktop) </li></...
Requirements (cont.) <ul><li>Technical expertise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional tech support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Comparison with Other Methods <ul><li>These methods can be implemented, more easily in some cases, with other software </l...
General Limitations (of All Methods) <ul><li>Normal ”growing pains” associated with a new technology </li></ul><ul><li>Pos...
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  1. 1. Improving Web-Based Survey Research Data Collection White, James, A., Carey, Lou M., & Dailey, Kathleen A. University of South Florida
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>This paper describes the use of client-side JavaScript and server-side Perl to collect and process survey data over the world wide web. </li></ul><ul><li>Compared to HTML alone, these methods can result in: </li></ul><ul><li>Higher level of data validation </li></ul><ul><li>Easier, more error-free processing </li></ul>
  3. 3. Digital Divide Closes <ul><li>Forrester research survey this month finds … Hispanic families more connected (47%) to the Internet than whites (43%), blacks (33%) not far behind … major gap … between rich and poor … being eliminated by $300 computers … </li></ul><ul><li>USA Today, April 26, 2000 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Templates <ul><li>All of the materials demonstrated in this session can be accessed at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.coedu.usf.edu/jwhite/survey1/ </li></ul>
  5. 5. HTML with “MAILTO” Method <ul><li>Turner & Turner (1998, 1999) </li></ul><ul><li>More easily implemented </li></ul><ul><li>No data validation </li></ul><ul><li>Potentially laborious hand processing to prepare data for analysis </li></ul>
  6. 6. With JavaScript <ul><li>Data validation can be accomplished on the client before the data are ever submitted </li></ul><ul><li>Results in fewer lost data sets </li></ul>
  7. 7. With Perl <ul><ul><li>Data can be prepared for analysis automatically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tedious, error-prone hand processing can be avoided </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Requirements <ul><li>Computer equipped with the hardware/connectivity to be a web server(cost=3-5 times a desktop) </li></ul><ul><li>Web server software w/ CGI capability (cost=free) </li></ul><ul><li>Perl interpreter software (cost = free) </li></ul><ul><li>Participants must have JavaScript-capable browser software such as Communicator or MSIE 4 (cost=free) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Requirements (cont.) <ul><li>Technical expertise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional tech support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty/Graduate student collaborators in other programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IT/Ed Tech </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Science/Engineering </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MIS/Business </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medicine/Health Sciences </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Comparison with Other Methods <ul><li>These methods can be implemented, more easily in some cases, with other software </li></ul><ul><li>Those other methods tend to be more expensive, platform-specific, or have other limitations </li></ul><ul><li>The methods presented in this paper tend to be robust and generalizable across many platforms (Unix, WinTel, Macintosh) </li></ul>
  11. 11. General Limitations (of All Methods) <ul><li>Normal ”growing pains” associated with a new technology </li></ul><ul><li>Possibly greater effort required to compel participants to submit data </li></ul><ul><li>Security/encryption to protect subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Upfront cost of software development </li></ul>
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