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Challenges of Designing and Implementing Multimode Instruments


Wine, J. S., Cominole, M. B., Heuer, R. E., & Riccobono, J. A. (2006, January). Challenges of Designing and Implementing Multimode Instruments. Presented at Second International Conference on Telephone Survey Methodology, Miami, FL.


Over the last 10 years, nationally-representative, cross-sectional and longitudinal telephone surveys of postsecondary populations, conducted for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), have evidenced the same decline in response rates observed in other populations. Locating and interviewing such a highly mobile population has become increasingly difficult and costly.In 2002, RTI International (RTI) conducted the first NCES postsecondary student survey that offered a web, self-administered option as part of a multimode data collection effort. By not requiring extensive interviewer tracing and interviewing, web, self-administration offered a cost-effective alternative for surveying such a technologically savvy group. Since 2002, RTI has conducted eight studies of postsecondary students and faculty that combine web, self-administered and telephone survey methodologies:--2002 field test and 2003 full-scale implementations of the 1993/2003 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B FT and B&B FS)--2003 field test and 2004 full-scale implementations of the 2004 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS FT and NPSAS FS)--2003 field test and 2004 full-scale implementations of the 2004 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF FT and NSOPF FS)--2004 field test of the 2004/06 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS FT)--2004 field test of the 2000/06 Education Longitudinal Study (not discussed here)Additional information on these studies can be found on the NCES web site at http://www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/.