Web-Based Survey Software for Academic Research

Web-Based Survey Software for Academic Research

Hallie D’Agruma (Morrill Hall, USA) and Erika A. Zollet (University of New Hampshire, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-792-8.ch027
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The features of Datacurious, a web-based survey software program designed specifically for academic research, are examined in this article. Web-based data collection has been deemed an effective, reliable, and safe method of data collection, while also saving researchers time, effort, and cost and reducing data entry error. Recent developments in web-based survey software systems allow data be collected through relatively simple, easy-to-use interfaces, making the technology accessible to researchers with little to no technical expertise. Datacurious, available online at www.datacurious.com, utilizes an intuitive and user-friendly interface with broad capabilities in its survey designer. Programming enables researchers to adhere to ethical guidelines for surveying human subjects. Technical features of datacurious ensure survey participant privacy and confidentiality and provide options for informed consent, incentive, and debriefing pages. Datacurious also allows researchers to control entry to online surveys. Providing a flexible and robust web-based survey platform, datacurious accords to web design standards in survey design, while being responsive to the needs of the academic research community.

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