Comparison of paper & electronic
||Paper (Group setting)
- High response rate, if administered in class.
- Allows for a
variety of questions.
- Respondents can easily modify responses.
- Usually less expensive than making paper duplicates of the survey.
has shown more candid responses with electronic surveys than
with paper surveys (those with open ended questions).
- Time spent
on data entry and analysis is reduced.
- Quicker results.
- Usually requires a time slot common to all respondents.
in a group setting, respondents may feel uncomfortable providing
honest answers to particular questions.
- Unless conducted in a group setting, computer access can be restrictive
for some of the intended respondents.
- More difficult to guarantee
- Requires the technical ability to format the survey
and related database.
- Additional instruction/orientation may be
necessary before respondents are able to complete the survey.
surveys are more likely to experience “glitches” than
- Respondents cannot easily modify their responses
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