Response quality in nonprobability and probability-based online panels

Cornesse, Carina ; Blom, Annelies G.

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-550820
Document Type: Article
Year of publication Online: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: Sociological Methods & Research : SMR
Place of publication: Thousand Oaks, Calif. [u.a.]
Publishing house: Sage Publ.
ISSN: 0049-1241 , 1552-8294
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > SFB 884
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (GESIS)
School of Social Sciences > Methoden d. empirischen Sozialforschung insbes. Internet Panel Survey-Forschung (Blom 2017-)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Pre-existing license: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Recent years have seen a growing number of studies investigating the accuracy of nonprobability online panels; however, response quality in nonprobability online panels has not yet received much attention. To fill this gap, we investigate response quality in a comprehensive study of seven nonprobability online panels and three probability-based online panels with identical fieldwork periods and questionnaires in Germany. Three response quality indicators typically associated with survey satisficing are assessed: straight-lining in grid questions, item nonresponse, and midpoint selection in visual design experiments. Our results show that there is significantly more straight-lining in the nonprobability online panels than in the probability-based online panels. However, contrary to our expectations, there is no generalizable difference between nonprobability online panels and probability-based online panels with respect to item nonresponse. Finally, neither respondents in nonprobability online panels nor respondents in probability-based online panels are significantly affected by the visual design of the midpoint of the answer scale.

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Cornesse, Carina ORCID: 0000-0002-5437-2999 ; Blom, Annelies G. (2020) Response quality in nonprobability and probability-based online panels. Open Access Sociological Methods & Research : SMR Thousand Oaks, Calif. [u.a.] [Article]

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