Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers
Several studies have demonstrated the advantages of using interactive voice response (IVR) technology to collect self-report data from research participants and recipients of psychological/medical services. IVR allows participants to phone a computer and respond to recorded questions by pressing the appropriate touch-tone keys on their telephone. Because this technology offers substantial benefits in terms of cost and efficiency, it is surprising that it has not been more widely utilized by researchers and practitioners. Along with the automation of the administration and scoring of tests or surveys, IVR provides for questioning to be adapted to the participants' responses. One possible explanation for the failure to exploit this technology is the absence of easy-to-use software that does not require programming knowledge. This article describes IVR Test & Survey, a program to facilitate the administration, scoring, and analysis of information collected with the use of IVR technology.
Original Publication Citation
Janda, L. H., Janda, M., & Tedford, E. (2001). IVR test & survey: A computer program to collect data via computerized telephonic applications. Behavior Research Methods Instruments & Computers, 33(4), 513-516. doi:10.3758/bf03195409
Janda, Louis H.; Janda, Michael; and Tedford, Eric, "IVR Test & Survey: A Computer Program to Collect Data Via Computerized Telephonic Applications" (2001). Psychology Faculty Publications. 87.