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Incentives as a Possible Measure to Increase Response Rates

Michle Ernst Sthli Dominique Joye


Even if surveys are seen as a highly standardized process, there is still considerable scope for adaptation and tailoring in order to optimize quality. Measures to increase response rates, including incentives, are part of this and will be discussed in this chapter. When deciding if an incentive could be used and how it should be distributed, survey designers have to consider three characteristics of the survey process, related to diversity.

First, surveys are diverse in their length, their modes, their aims, their sponsors, etc. Second, the contexts in which surveys take place are various, from urbanized areas to rather isolated places, from ...

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