Introduction to Special Issue of Survey Practice on Interviewer-Respondent Interaction

Jennifer Dykema, Nora Cate Schaeffer, Dana Garbarski


Although survey research has witnessed a surge in the use of self-administered
web and mail surveys over the past decades, interviewer-administered surveys
continue to be an important part of the data collection landscape, particularly
when high response rates are critical, samples are complex, and measurement
is demanding. Thus, there is continued need for research concerning the
interviewer’s role in both measurement and recruitment. This special issue of
Survey Practice features several articles that highlight some current issues and
recent findings about interviewer-respondent interaction coding (often referred
to as “behavior coding”) that have immediate and practical recommendations
for writing and evaluating survey questions, training interviewers, and recruiting
sample members.

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