WERA1010: Improving Data Quality from Sample Surveys to foster Agricultural, Community and Development in Rural America

(Multistate Research Coordinating Committee and Information Exchange Group)

Status: Inactive/Terminating

SAES-422 Reports


Ackerman, R. A., Kashy, D. A., Donnellan, M. B., Neppl, T., Lorenz, F.O., & Conger, R. D. (2013). “The interpersonal legacy of a positive family climate in adolescence. Psychological Science, 20 (2), 243 – 250 (Tier 1).


Dillman, D. A. and House, C. C, Editors. (2013). Measuring What We Spend: Toward a New Consumer Expenditure Survey.  National Research Council Panel on Redesigning the BLS Consumer Expenditure Surveys. Washington, D. C.: The National Academies Press.


Hendee, J.T. and C.G. Flint. 2013. Managing Private Forestlands along the Public-Private Interface of Southern Illinois: Landowner Forestry Decisions in a Multi-Jurisdictional Landscape. Journal of Forest Economics and Policy 34: 47-55.


Hildreth*, L. A., Genschel, U., Lorenz, F. O., & Lesser, V. (2013). A permutation test for a first order response structure in surveys. Structural Equation Modeling, 20, 226 - 240 (Tier 1).


Israel, G. D. 2013. Combining Mail and E-mail Contacts to Facilitate Participation in Mixed-Mode Surveys. Social Science Computer Review. 31, 3, 346-358. Published online November 28, 2012. doi: 10.177/0894439312464942. At: http://ssc.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/11/26/0894439312464942


Israel, G. D. 2013. Using Mixed-mode Contacts in Client Surveys: Getting More Bang for Your Buck. Journal of Extension, 51(3), article 3FEA1. At: http://www.joe.org/joe/2013june/a1.php


Klabunde, Carrie N., Willis, Gordon B., McLeod, Caroline C., Dillman, Don A., Johnson, Timothy P., Greene, Sarah M. and Brown, Martin L.  (2013). Improving the Quality of Surveys of Physicians and Medical Groups: A Research Agenda. Evaluation & the Health Professions.  35(4) 477-506.


*Lannin, D. G., Bittner, K.E., and Lorenz, F.O. (2013). Longitudinal effect of defensive denial on relationship instability. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 968 - 977.


Leggette, H. R., McKim, B. R., & Dunsford, D. (2013). A case study of using electronic self-assessment rubrics in a core curriculum writing course. NACTA Journal, 57(2), 2-10.


Masarik, A. S., Conger, R. D., & Lorenz, F. O. (2013). Romantic relationships in early adulthood: Influences of family, personality and relationship cognitions. Personal Relationship,30, 356 – 373 (Tier 2).


McKim, B. R., Latham, L., Treptow, E., & Rayfield, J. (2013). A repeated measures study of the short-term influences of high-impact practices on college students’ learning styles. NACTA Journal, 57(3a), 122-128.


McKim, B. R., Lawver, R. G., Enns, K., Smith, A. R., & Aschenbrener, M. S. (2013).  Developing metrics for effective teaching in extension education: A multi-state factor-analytic and psychometric analysis of effective teaching. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(2), 143-158. doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.02143


McKim, B. R., Rayfield, J. S., Harlin, J. & Adams, A. (2013). Stress levels of agricultural science cooperating teachers and student teachers: A longitudinal analysis. Career and Technical Education Research. 38(1), 3-17. doi: 10.5328/cter38.1.3


McKim, B. R., & Saucier, P. R. (2013). A 20-year comparison of teachers’ self-efficacy of agricultural mechanics laboratory management. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(1), 153-166. doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.01153


Moore, L., McKim, B. R., & Bruce, J. (2013). Organizational climate of the Association of Leadership Educators. Journal of Leadership Education, 12(2), 88-102.


*Surjadi, F. F., Lorenz, F. O., Conger, R. D., and Wickrama, K. A. S. (2013). Inconsistent parental discipline and relationship quality in young adults: Mediating processes of behavioral problems and attitudinal ambivalence. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 762-772 (Tier 1).


Stock, M. L., Gibbons, F. X., Gerrard, M., Houlihan, A. E., Weng, C-Y., Lorenz, F. O. & Simons, R. L. (2013). Racial identification, racial composition, and substance use vulnerability among African American adolescents and young adults. Health Psychology, 32, 237 – 247 (Tier 1).


Wickrama, K. A. S., O., Neal, C. and Lorenz, F. O. (2013). Marital functioning from middle to later years: A life course – stress process framework. Journal of Family Theory & Review,5 15 -34.


Dillman, Don A. Jolene D. Smith and Leah Christian. 2014. Internet, Phone, Mail and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method. The 4th edition. John Wiley” Hoboken, NJ. 

Stern, Michael J., Ipek Bilgen and Don A. Dillman. 2014. The State Of Survey Methodology: Challenges, Dilemmas ,and new Frontiers in the Era of the Tailored Design. Field Methods (August) 26: 284-301

Edwards, Michelle L., Don A. Dillman and Jolene D. Smyth. 2014. An Experimental Test of the Effects of Survey Sponsorship on Internet and Mail Survey Response. Public Opinion Quarterly. 78 (3): 734-750. 


Qin, C.G. Flint and A.E. Luloff. 2015. Tracing temporal changes in the human dimensions of forest insect disturbance on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Human Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10745-01409717-x.


David, M.B., C.G. Flint, L.E. Gentry, M.K. Dolan, G.F. Czapar, R.A. Cooke, and T. Lavaire. 2014. Navigating the socio-bio-geo-chemistry and engineering of nitrogen management in two Illinois tile-drained watersheds. Journal of Environmental Quality. doi:10.2134/jeq2014.01.0036.


DeDecker, J., J. Masiunas, A.S. Davis, and C.G. Flint. 2014. Weed management practice selection among Midwest U.S. Organic Growers. Weed Science 62: 520-531.


Celio, E., C.G. Flint, P. Schoch, and A. Grêt-Regamey. 2014. Farmers' perception of their decision-making in relation to policy schemes: A comparison of case studies from Switzerland and the United States. Land Use Policy 41: 163-171.


Hendee, J. and C.G. Flint. 2014. Incorporating cultural ecosystem services into forest management strategies for private landowners: An Illinois Case Study. Forest Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/forsci.13-710.


Maurer, K. M., Stewart, T. W., and Lorenz, F. O. 2014. Direct and indirect effects of fish on invertebrates and tiger salamanders in prairie pothole wetlands. Wetlands, 34 (4), 735 – 745.


Qin, H., L. Davis*, M. Mayernik, P. Romero Lankao, J. D’lgnazio, and P. Alston. 2014. Variables as currency: Linking meta-analysis research and data paths in sciences. Data Science Journal 13: 158-171.


Romero-Lankao, P., S. Hughes, H. Qin, J. Hardoy, A. Rosas-Huerta, R. Borquez, and A. Lampis. 2014. Scale, urban risk and adaptation capacity in neighborhoods of Latin American cities. Habitat International 42: 224-235.


A cross-sampling method for estimating abundance and detectability for aggregated population with varying local abundance,” S. Zhou, N. Klaer, R. Daley, Z. Zhu, M. Fuller, and A. Smith, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 2014, 71(9): 2436-2447.


  1. Landon, A.C., van Riper, C.J., Angeli, N.F., Fitzgerald, D.B., & Neam, K.D. 2015. Growing transdisciplinary roots in the Peruvian Amazon: Lessons from the field. The Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 14(1), 2-12.


  1. Qin, H. and T. F. Liao. 2015. The association between rural-urban migration flows and urban air quality in China. Regional Environmental Change (in press). doi:10.1007/s10113-015-0865-3


  1. Qin, H., P. Romero-Lankao, J. Hardoy, and A. Rosas-Huerta. 2015. Household responses to climate-related hazards in four Latin American cities: A conceptual framework and exploratory analysis. Urban Climate 14(Part 1): 94-110.


  1. Qin, H. Comparing newer and long-time residents’ perceptions and actions in response to forest insect disturbance on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula: A longitudinal perspective. Journal of Rural Studies 39: 51-62. 


  1. Qin, H., C. G. Flint, and A.E. Luloff. 2015. Tracing temporal changes in the human dimensions of forest insect disturbance on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Human Ecology 43(1): 43-59.


  1. Wallen, K., Kyle, G., & van Riper, C.J. Carrying capacity and commercial services in the Southern Sierra Nevada. (Prepared for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.) College Station, TX: Texas Agrilife Research.


  1. Schuett, M.A., Kyle, G.T., Dudensing, R., Ding, C., van Riper, C., & Park, J. 2015. Attitudes, behavior, and management preferences of Texas artificial reef users. (Prepared for the Artificial Reef Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.) College Station, TX: Texas AgriLife Research.



1.      Battaglia, M., Dillman, D. A., Frankel, M. R., Harter, R., Buskirk, T. D., McPhee C. B., DeMatteis B., Montaquila, J., & Yancey, T. 2016. Sampling data collection and weighting procedures for address-based sample surveys.  Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 4 (4): 476-500.

2.      Dillman, D. A. 2016. Moving Survey Methodology Forward in our Rapidly Changing World: A Commentary. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 31(3): 160-174.

3.      Dillman, D. A., & Edwards, M. L. 2016. Chapter 17. Designing a Mixed-Mode Survey. In Wolfe, Christof, Joye, Dominique, Smith, Tom W. and Fu, Yang-chih (eds.) Sage Handbook of Survey Methodology. Sage Publications Wolf, Joye, Smith and Fu. Thousand Oaks. CA pp.255-268

4.      Dillman, D. A., Hao, F., & Millar, M. M. 2016. Chapter 13.  Improving the Effectiveness of Online Data Collection by Mixing Survey Modes. In Fielding, Nigel, Raymond M. Lee and Grant Blank (eds.).   The Sage handbook of Online Research Methods, 2nd edition. Pp.220-237 Sage Publications, London.

5.      Flint, C. G., Mascher, C., Oldroyd, Z., Valle, P. A., Wynn, E., Cannon, Q., Brown, A., & Unger, B. 2016. Public Intercept Interviews and Surveys for Gathering Place-Based Perceptions: Observations from Community Water Research in Utah. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 31(3), 105-125.

6.      Harter, R., Battaglia, M. P., Buskirk, T. D., Dillman, D. A., English, N., Mansour, F.,    Frankel, M. R., Kennel, T., McMichael, J. P., McPhee, C. B., Montaquila, J., Yancey, T., and Zukerberg, A. L.  2016.  Address-base Sampling.  American Association for Public Opinion Research Task Force Report http://www.aapor.org/getattachment/Education-Resources/Reports/AAPOR_Report_1_7_16_CLEAN-COPY-FINAL-(2).pdf.aspx  140 pages. 

7.      Israel, G. D. 2016. Advances in Survey and Data Analysis Methods for Rural Social Scientists: An Introduction. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 31(3), 1-6.

8.      Jackson-Smith, D., Flint, C. G., Dolan, M., Trentelman,, C. K., Holyoak, G., Thomas, B., and Ma, G. 2016. Effectiveness of the Drop-Off/Pick-Up Survey Methodology in Different Neighborhood Types. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 31(3), 35-67.

9.      Kumar Chaudhary, A., & Israel, G. D. 2016. Influence of Importance Statements and Box Size on Response Rate and Response Quality of Open-ended Questions in Web/Mail Mixed-Mode Surveys. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 31(3), 140-159.

10.  Lesser, Virginia M., Newton, Lydia D., Yang, Daniel K., & Sifneos, Jean C. 2016. Mixed-Mode Surveys Compared with Single Mode Surveys: Trends in Responses and Methods to Improve Completion. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 31(3), 7-34.

11.  Trentelman, C. K., Irwin, J., Petersen, K. A., Ruiz, N., & Szalay, C. S. 2016. The Case for Personal Interaction: Drop-Off/Pick-Up Methodology for Survey Research. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 31(3), 68-104.

12.  Willits, F. K, Theodori, G. L., & Luloff, A. E. 2016. Another Look at Likert Scales. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 31(3), 126-139.



  1. Dillman, D.A. 2017. The promise and challenge of pushing respondents to the Web in mixed-mode surveys. Survey Methodology, Statistics Canada, Catalogue 12‑001‑X, Vol. 43, No. 1. Paper available as PDF (English) at: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/12-001-x/2017001/article/14836-eng.pdf.

  1. McMaster, H., LeardMann, C. A., Speigle, S., & Dillman, D. A. 2017.  An Experimental Comparison of Web-push vs. Paper-only survey Procedures for Conducting an In-Depth health Survey of Military Spouses.  BMC Medical Research Methodology. Available at:  https://bmcmedresmethodol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12874-017-0337-1.

  1. Newberry, III, M. G., & Israel, G. D. 2017. Comparing Two Web/Mail Mixed-Mode Contact Protocols to a Unimode Mail Survey. Field Methods, 29(3), 281-298. Prepublished June 5, 2017. doi: 10.1177/1525822X17693804.

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