Challenges of Designing and Implementing Multimode Instruments: FedCASIC
Wine, J. S., Cominole, M. B., Heuer, R. E., & Riccobono, J. A. (2006, March). Challenges of Designing and Implementing Multimode Instruments: FedCASIC. Presented at 10th Annual FedCASIC Conference, Washington, DC.
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: (1) 2002 field test and 2003 full-scale implementations of the 1993/2003 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B FT and B&B FS); (2) 2003 field test and 2004 full-scale implementations of the 2004 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS FT and NPSAS FS); (3) 2003 field test and 2004 full-scale implementations of the 2004 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF FT and NSOPF FS); (4) 2004 field test of the 2004/06 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS FT); and (5) 2004 field test of the 2000/06 Education Longitudinal Study (not discussed here).