You are not currently logged in.
Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Web Surveys: Applications in Denominational Research
Rebecca C. Sims
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 49, No. 1, Special Issue on the Impact of the Internet on Religious Research (Sep., 2007), pp. 69-80
Published by: Religious Research Association, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20447473
Page Count: 12
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Response rates, Mail services, School surveys, Churches, Email, Student surveys, Hyperlinks, Research paper writing, Internet, Research methods
Were these topics helpful?See something inaccurate? Let us know!
Select the topics that are inaccurate.
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
Five surveys were conducted using the Internet for various constituents of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). In three cases, participants were sent e-mail invitations with links to the on-line surveys. Two questionnaires were primarily paper-and-pencil instruments with the option of completing the survey on-line. A new software package that integrates Web forms and scannable paper forms was tested and implemented. Overall, the five Web surveys conducted were successful, with response rates ranging from ten to 58 percent. In almost all cases, paper response rates were higher than Web response rates. An item analysis for one survey revealed several differences between Web and paper respondents, suggesting possible systematic differences between those who chose one response format over another. Age was also a significant factor, with older respondents generally choosing the paper format. Methods to increase Web response rates are discussed and the strengths and weaknesses of Web surveys in a denominational context are explored.
Review of Religious Research © 2007 Religious Research Association, Inc.