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Communication With Recipients Of A Web Based Evaluation Survey

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.279.1 - 6.279.7

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Nanette Keiser

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Gloria Tressler

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Arlen Gullickson

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Communication with Recipients of a Web-Based Evaluation Survey1 Gloria R. Tressler, Arlen R. Gullickson, Nanette M. Keiser The Advanced Technological Education Project, The Evaluation Center, Western Michigan University


A current method of conducting evaluation surveys is by using the World Wide Web as a delivery vehicle and computer programming to collect and process submitted responses. Benefits of this method include substantial savings in postal mailing costs, rapid access to survey assistance, and efficient data processing. However, evaluators must be mindful and prepared when embarking on the use of Web- based surveys. Our experiences are recounted in this article.

“They [surveys] are relatively low in cost, geographically flexible, and can reach a widely dispersed sample simultaneously without the attendant problems of interviewer access or the possible distortions of time lag. . . .data can be procured more quickly, more abundantly, and more cheaply” (Kanuk & Berenson, 1975, p. 440).

By the end of the twentieth century we saw an explosion of the use of the electronic polling method via surveys developed for the World Wide Web. Personal computer users with Internet access could find themselves bombarded with visual marketing tools designed to be eye- catching enticements to partake in an on-line survey. These surveys are quick, “anonymous,” and may become a part of that evening’s news. One might think the quoted statements above were in reference to these modern Web-based surveys. However, these remarks are from 25 years ago and concern postal mail surveys.

The use of surveys is institutionalized as a standard means of gaining research and evaluation data. Virtually every academic, business, and political organization regularly employs survey techniques. For academic programs, where persons to be surveyed have known E-mail addresses and other contact information, the electronic survey offers what appears to be a major new avenue to quickly reach out and collect data.

In our case, The Evaluation Center (EC) at Western Michigan University is working under a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct an evaluation project. The overall mission of this evaluation project is to assess the impact and effectiveness of NSF’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program and to provide technical assistance for ongoing evaluative efforts (Gullickson & Lawrenz, 1998). The first phase of this evaluation was 1 This study was conducted with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Keiser, N., & Tressler, G., & Gullickson, A. (2001, June), Communication With Recipients Of A Web Based Evaluation Survey Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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