Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, will disrupt many industries in the next 5 to 10 years. In this research brief, we speculate about how UAS could be used in survey data collection to make survey data more accurate and/or less costly. We put forth three ideas for how UAS can be used to improve surveys in the future to (1) supplement survey data with UAS photo and sensor data; (2) deliver survey hardware to selected respondents, and (3) detect and enumerate housing units for sample selection.
Unmanned aircraft systems can improve survey data collection
By Stephanie Eckman, Joseph Eyerman, Dorota Temple
June 2018 Open Access Peer Reviewed
Eckman, S., Eyerman, J., & Temple, D. (2018). Unmanned aircraft systems can improve survey data collection. (RTI Press Publication No. RB-0018-1806). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press. https://doi.org/10.3768/rtipress.2018.rb.0018.1806
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