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ERIC Number: ED132188
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 13
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Alternative Methods of Improving the Return of Follow-up Questionnaires: Their Cost and Effectiveness.
Christison, Milton
This study explored seven possible techniques for improving the rate of returns for a questionnaire study with special concern for collecting information through high school follow-up studies. It evaluated these techniques using two criteria: their effectiveness in improving returns and their cost-effectiveness. The results suggest that a school district planning to conduct such a study should orient those who will be involved prior to their leaving school. It further suggests that prior to receiving the instrument those involved in the study should be contacted by telephone, to elicit their cooperation, particularly when the geographic area is small and local calls can be made. The writer concludes that there is a need to study more complex methods for improving the rate of returns of follow-up studies, with a strong probability that telephoning ahead, and using a follow-up that includes a second copy of the instrument and a second cover letter, would produce both greater cost effectiveness and a higher rate of return. (Author/MV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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