Final Version (26.11.2014)



09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30-9:45 Welcome to the workshop

  • Prof. Stefan Zerbe (Vice-Rector for Research, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)
  • Prof. Lucie Courteau (Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management)

09:45-10:30 Keynote opening address:

  • Internet Survey Methods: the Past, the Present and the Future, Mick Couper (University of Michigan) 

10:30-11:00 Break: coffee and tea

11:00-12:30 Session 1: Questionnaire design and development,  Chair: Vasja Vehovar (University of Ljubljana)

  • Measuring satisfaction with GOV.UK, Nick Breeze (Government Digital Service) and Caroline Jarrett (Government Digital Service and Effortmark Ltd)
  • A comparison of instant versus delayed interactive feedback in grid questions, Tanja Kunz and Marek Fuchs (Darmstadt University of Technology)
  • A gamification effect in web surveys among children and adolescents, Aigul Mavletova (Higher School of Economics, Moskow)
  • Using computational linguistic resources to evaluate and improve survey questions, Ana Slavec and Vasja Vehovar (University of Ljubljana)

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:10 Session 2: Measurement; Online business surveys, Chair: Silvia Biffignandi (University of Bergamo)

  • Matrix versus paging designs in a brand attribution task, Frederick Conrad, Wayne McCullough and Raphael Nishimura (University of Michigan)
  • A new efficiency oriented approach for Official Business Web surveys, Stefania Macchia and Pasquale Papa (Italian National Institute of Statistics)
  • Does switching the way verbal and numeric scale labels are assigned influence responses?, Bella Struminskaya, Ines Schaurer (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences) and Michael Bosnjak (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and University of Mannheim)

15:10-15:40 Break: coffee and tea

15:40-16:50 Session 3: Use of paradata; Use of external data, Chair: Ana Slavec (University of Ljubljana)

  • Combining transaction data with survey data in the Consumer Expenditure Diary, Gustav Haraldsen and Sverre Amdam (Statistics Norway)
  • Towards a systematic use of paradata: the case of the Italian ICT survey, Alessandra Nuccitelli, Andrea Nunnari, Alessandra Nurra and Natale Renato Fazio (Italian National Institute of Statistics)
  • Investigating respondent multitasking in web surveys: comparison of self-reports and paradata indicators, Anže Sendelbah, Vasja Vehovar and Ana Slavec (University of Ljubljana)

16:50-17:00 Communications and logistics

19:30 Dinner at Lunas restaurant (



09:00-10:10 Session 4: Sampling; Nonprobability based surveys, Chair: Wolfgang Bandilla (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)

  • How the survey presentation affects the answers you get: Estimate bias effect in a comparative study, Beatrice Bartoli (Demetra and Silvia Zucconi (Nomisma)
  • Web-respondent-driven sampling, Annamaria Bianchi, Silvia Biffignandi and Roberto Artaz (University of Bergamo)

10:10-10:40 Break: coffee and tea

10:40-11:20 Keynote address: Collecting representative primary data free of charge, Michael Bosnjak (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and University of Mannheim)

11:20-11:30 Short break

11:30-12:20 Session 5: Mixed-mode surveys, Chair: Katja Lozar Manfreda (University of Ljubljana)

  • The effect of a Sequential Mixed-Mode Design on panel attrition: Evidence from an experiment of the Understanding Society Innovation Panel, Alessandra Gaia (University of Milan Bicocca)
  • Web response in mixed mode designs in official statistics, Annemieke Luiten (Statistics Netherlands)

12:20-14:00 Break: Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session 6: Online mobile surveys, Chair: Marek Fuchs (Darmstadt University of Technology)

  • Comparing errors from non-coverage to other errors in a mobile Web survey, Christopher Antoun, Mick Couper and Frederick Conrad (University of Michigan)
  • Coverage error in mobile web surveys across European countries, Anke Metzler and Marek Fuchs (Darmstadt University of Technology)
  • Survey participation via mobile devices in a probability-based online-panel: Prevalence, determinants, and implications for nonresponse, Teresio Poggio (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano), Michael Bosnjak (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and University of Mannheim) and Kai Weyandt (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
  • The need of and the demand for completing surveys on mobile devices, Daniele Toninelli (University of Bergamo), Melanie Revilla (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and Carlos Ochoa (Netquest)

15:30-16:00 Break: coffee and tea

16:00-17:10 Session 7: Applications of online surveys; Weighting, Chair: Annamaria Bianchi (University of Bergamo)

  • The ICT monitoring of chronic patients as a longitudinal survey: an innovative approach and a challenge for internet survey methodologists, Maria Francesca Romano, Maria Vittoria Sardella and Fabrizio Alboni (Scuola Sant'Anna di Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento)
  • Targeting the bias – the impact of mass media attention on sample composition and representativeness of volunteer web-surveys in Germany, Stephanie Steinmetz (University of Amsterdam), Kea Tijdens (University of Amsterdam), Fikret Öz (Institut Arbeit und Technik) and Pablo de Pedraza (University of Salamanca)
  • The design for an advanced, multi-country, web-based occupational survey and coding tool for ISCO-08, Kea Tijdens (University of Amsterdam)

19:30 Dinner at Castelmareccio (



09:00-10:30 Session 8: Survey Participation and Nonresponse, Chair: Bella Struminskaya (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)

  • Applying survey participation theory to Web surveys, Florian Keusch (University of Michigan)
  • Nonresponse problem in surveys of online communities: An experiment, Andraž Petrovčič, Katja Lozar Manfreda and Gregor Petrič (University of Ljubljana)
  • The use of text messages in a web-survey. The case of a survey of Italian graduates, Emanuela Sala, Chiara Respi and Alessandra Decataldo (University of Milano Bicocca)
  • Questionnaire length and breakoffs in web surveys: a meta study, Vasja Vehovar and Gregor Čehovin (University of Ljubljana)

10:30-11:00 Break: coffee and tea

11:00-12:20 Roundtable: Big data and survey data: can they go together?, Chair: Teresio Poggio (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)

  • Frederick Conrad (University of Michigan)
  • Stefano Maria Iacus (University of Milan & Voices from the Blogs)
  • Mick Couper (University of Michigan)

12:20-13:10 Conclusions and general discussion on next workshop, Chair: Michael Bosnjak

13:10-14.30 Farewell buffet