Frederick G. Conrad

Surveying Older Populations using Video Communication Technologies

Pilot Project

This research project will examine data quality, participation, respondent experience, and costs in two promising but not yet widely deployed survey modes that use off-the-shelf video technology and are less costly than face to face (FTF) interviews: video-mediated (VM) interviews (live two-way communication via platforms like Skype) and video self-administered (VS) interviews, in which video-recorded interviewers ask the questions and respondents answer by typing or clicking. The project's comparisons will provide new insights regarding how these decomposable aspects of human contact affect behavior and experience in surveys, in particular, for aging populations.

Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging

Funding Period: 8/1/2019 to 6/30/2020

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