Hi, does anybody have any data or information on response rates to self-completion postal surveys that can be linked directly back to households, although not necessarily individuals (unless they voluntarily give their name). We need to know how different (if at all) the response rate is compared with an anonymous survey. The questionnaire asks for a fair amount of personal information.
Dr Ann Jopson
So you want to compare the response rates of anonymous surveys versus non- anonymous surveys. Then the condition is both of them should be mailed (postal surveys) because mailing itself also affects response rates regardless of it being anonymous or not. Am I understanding, right?
I don’t have any numbers to back me up, but from my experience I think anonymous surveys will have a higher response rate (there are other variables but if they are identic anonymous should have a higher response rate).
Based on my experience, I can say that the follow-ups and personalized reminders increase survey response rates considerably. As long as you can send them reminders and follow ups, anonymous surveys always better, not only because you might get a bit better response rate but also the answers become more reliable. But the key issue here is how you can send reminders to a respondent via mail while keeping your survey anonymous.