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the efficient collection of results and facilitated data management and statistical
The researcher monitored the number of responses and re-sent surveys when
the initial response is not robust enough to insure statistical significance. Baruch and
Holtom (2008) reported that after examining 400,000 individual response rates found in
17 journals from the year 2000 to 2005, the average response rate was 52.7%. The
American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR, 2008) reported that with
Internet surveys of specifically named persons, there are parallels between the
discussion of U.S. postal mail surveys and Internet surveys. However, the AAPOR
reported that the response rates for all types of surveys have been decreasing due to
increasing resistance by potential participants. Therefore, based on a conservative
anticipated 40% response rate with 1,000 e-mail links mailed, this study was expected
to return 400 valid responses.
All surveys were held confidential according to IRB rules and only the researcher
had access to specific identifiers (see Appendix A for informed consent information).
Original responses were deleted after all responses were tabulated and coded. Data
were downloaded from Survey Suite into a Microsoft Access database and uploaded to
SAS 9.2 for Windows for complete statistical analysis.
Data analysis reflected the fact that this was a mixed methods study combining
quantitative data. Responses to each of the questions in the online questionnaire were
coded numerically to facilitate the compilation of results and statistical analysis. Simple
correlations were used for the initial analysis of the independent variables of
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