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New Technologies in E-Census Data Collection Part 2: Developing an Electronic Questionnaire

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Introduction

Converting a paper questionnaire to an electronic format involves more than simply replicating the paper questionnaire on a screen of a mobile device, such as a tablet PC, smartphone, or a laptop. The device used affects the way that enumerators interact with the questionnaire. Some questions may need to be changed to make it easier for the  enumerators to work quickly and accurately on the mobile device. Further, added features like data validation, edits, and preloaded answers can be included in an electronic questionnaire. Specifications for these features must be written when developing the questionnaire, in order to program them into the software application. This document offers guidance on what to consider when adapting the questions in a paper questionnaire to work in an electronic questionnaire. This is the second in a series of briefs that presents an overview of what to consider when using new technologies in census data collection.

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