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Online Panel Software

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Macer, Tim (meaning ltd, London, United Kingdom)
Other Title
  • Online Panel Research (Alternative Title)
Publication Date
  • meaning ltd, London, United Kingdom (Data Collector)
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Computer and simulation programs
  • Abstract

    Overview of online panel software Topics: 1. General capabililties: name of software solution; provider; consent to publish name; offered tools; underlying database platform; software offered as an enterprise solution, a web-based ´software as a service´ solution, part desktop or enterprise/part SAAS, either enterprise or SAAS; solution complies with EU data protection. 2. Panel recruitment: methods for panel recruitment; double opt-in; confirmation of identity methods; collection of profile data at the time of recruitment; maximum panel size, maximum profile data. 3. Panel administration: database design; specific interface for panel admininstrators; open interfaces provided to the panel database; each panel can have its own themed panel or community pages; incentive management capabilities; intant suspend; import of panellists for single use samples; 4. Panel member experience: panel members´ possibilities to update their profile information; tools, activities or items the panel members can access via their panel; integrated mobile app; further available via the mobile app; actions for closed or ineligible surveys. 5. Sample selection: capabilities to select samples; limit to the combinations of selection criteria; capabilities to ensure that panellists are not over-researched; sample selection tool uses predictive or heuristic statistical model to estimate the amount of sample to draw, in order to fulfil the target number of interviews; sample selection can include or take into account samples being sourced from other panels; extraction of sample for administration in other survey platforms. 6. Data capture and data linkage: panel data can be enriched with additional data; methods for capturing and updating the participation history or survey outcome; data from the survey can be used to update the panellists response data with the survey outcome; offered support for handling bounce-backs from email invitations; methods for data exchange or interoperability with other panel or survey software platforms. 7. Analytics and active panel management: stored information in the panel database; measures of panel health to measure and track (at a macro level); dashboard interface to show the current state of the panel; examination of methods to evaluate or score the individual´s participation and engagement; measures to identify and remove problematic panel members; other comments.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2012-09 / 2013-04
Sampled Universe
Panel software providers (commercial survey software providers and open source, not-for-profit developers)
Sampling Procedure Comment: Total universe/Complete Enumeration
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: CAWI (Computer-Assisted Web Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 38
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5659 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 19 | Registration Date: 2014-04-10

Macer, Tim (2014): Online Panel Software. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.