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Computer Assisted Interviewing: The Design and Application of Survey Software to the Wired Suburb Project


This paper explores the use of Internet and personal computer-based interviewing in the University of Toronto's Wired Suburb (Netville) Project. The use of computer-assisted interviewing (CAI) in this project differs from other examples in its use of social network questions, of a time-use diary, and of Internet (Web) and personal computer (PC) based interviewing of a small residential population. The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding of why CAI, specifically Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) and Computerized Self-Administered (CSAI), may be more appropriate for some research projects than others, to explore specific problems with the technology and approach used in this study, and to explore specific challenges for the use of CAI in social network and time-use analysis.

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