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Respondent Debriefing

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Respondent debriefing is a procedure that sometimes is carried out at the end of a survey's data collection phase. That is, when an individual participant has completed all aspects of the survey, debriefing occurs for that person. Debriefing is usually provided in the same format as the survey itself, that is, paper and pencil, online, or verbally via telephone. There are two major reasons that a researcher may want to debrief respondents: (1) The researcher may want to gather feedback from the respondent about the respondent's experience participating in the study or about more details concerning the topic of the survey, and (2) the researcher may have used some form of deception as part of the study and will use the debriefing to inform the ...

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