Informed consent for paradata use in web surveys

Paradata are a valuable source of information to better understand the response process and to determine how the data collection processes can be improved.

Corresponding author:

Tanja Kunz, GESIS—Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, 68159 Mannheim, Germany. Email: tanja.kunz@gesis.org

Introduction

In survey research, the term paradata refers to information that describes the process of survey data collection. Paradata are a valuable source of information to better understand what happens during the response process and how the data collection process can be improved (Couper, 2000