Comparing paper and tablet modes of retrospective activity space data collection

Yabiku, S. T., Glick, J. E., Wentz, E. A., Ghimire, D. J. and Zhao, Q. (2017) Comparing paper and tablet modes of retrospective activity space data collection. Survey Research Methods, 11(3), pp. 329-344. (doi:10.18148/srm/2017.v11i3.6741)

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Abstract

Individual actions are both constrained and facilitated by the social context in which individuals are embedded. But research to test specific hypotheses about the role of space on human behaviors and well-being is constrained by the difficulty of collecting accurate and personally relevant social context data. We report on a project in Chitwan, Nepal, that directly addresses challenges to collect accurate activity space data. We test if a computer assisted interviewing (CAI), tablet-based approach to collecting activity space data was more accurate than a paper map-based approach; we also examine which subgroups of respondents provided more accurate data with the tablet mode compared to paper. Results show that the tablet approach yielded more accurate data when comparing respondent-indicated locations to the known locations as verified by on-the-ground staff. In addition, the accuracy of the data provided by older and less healthy respondents benefited more from the tablet mode.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Research reported in this publication was supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development under award number R21HD073758 and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1211498, Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program. We acknowledge assistance provided by the Population Research Institute at Pennsylvania State University, which is supported by an infrastructure grant by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (P2CHD041025).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Zhao, Dr Qunshan
Authors: Yabiku, S. T., Glick, J. E., Wentz, E. A., Ghimire, D. J., and Zhao, Q.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Survey Research Methods
Publisher:European Survey Research Association
ISSN:1864-3361
ISSN (Online):1864-3361
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Survey Research Methods 11(3):329-344
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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