Handheld computers: A feasible alternative to paper forms for field data collection

Linda A. Fletcher, Darin J. Erickson, Traci L. Toomey, Alexander C. Wagenaar

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Abstract

Recent advances in handheld computer hardware and software may provide alternatives to paper-based data collection methods. The authors compared data collected with paper forms to data collected with handheld computer-based forms in a field observation study of alcohol purchase attempts at 47 community festivals in a large metropolitan area. Agreement between data collected with paper forms and data collected with handheld computers was greater than 95%. Computer-based forms handled branching patterns better and yielded data that were immediately available for analyses. Paper forms handled written comments better. Handheld computers are a feasible alternative to paper forms for field data collection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-178
Number of pages14
JournalEvaluation Review
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2003

Keywords

  • Data collection
  • Data quality
  • Handheld computer
  • PDA
  • Palm

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