Mick Couper

Research Professor, ISR

Couper received a PhD in sociology from Rhodes University. His current research interests include survey non-response, design and implementation of survey data collection, effects of technology on the survey process, and computer-assisted interviewing, including both interviewer-administered (CATI and CAPI) and self-administered (Web, audio-CASI, IVR) surveys. Many of his current projects focus on the design of Web surveys.

Selected Publications:

Tourangeau, R., Conrad, F.G., and Couper, M.P. (2013), The Science of Web Surveys.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Couper, M.P. (2008), Designing Effective Web Surveys. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Groves, R.M., Fowler, F.J. Jr., Couper, M.P., Lepkowski, J.M., Singer, E., and Tourangeau, R. (2009), Survey Methodology, 2nd Edition. New York: Wiley.

Groves, R.M., and Couper, M.P. (1998), Nonresponse in Household Interview Surveys. New York: Wiley.

Couper, M.P. (2013), “Is the Sky Falling?  New Technology, Changing Media, and the Future of Surveys.”  Survey Research Methods, in press.

Couper, M.P. and Kreuter, F. (2013), “Using Paradata to Explore Item-Level Response Times in Surveys.”  Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 176 (1): 271-286.

Couper, M.P., Ofstedal, M.B., and Lee, S. (2013), “Encouraging Record Use for Financial Asset Questions in a Web Survey.”  Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 1 (2): 171-182.

Couper, M.P., and Singer, E. (2013), “Informed Consent for Web Paradata Use.”  Survey Research Methods, 7 (1): 57-67.

Couper, M.P. (2011), “The Future of Modes of Data Collection.” Public Opinion Quarterly, 75 (5): 889-908.

Toepoel, V., and Couper, M.P. (2011), "Can Verbal Instructions Counteract Visual Context Effects in Web Surveys?" Public Opinion Quarterly, 75 (1): 1-18.

Couper, M.P. Kennedy, C., Conrad, F.G., and Tourangeau, R. (2010), "Designing Input Fields for Non-Narrative Open-Ended Responses in Web Surveys." Journal of Official Statistics, 27 (1): 1-22.

Couper, M.P., Singer, E., Conrad, F.G., and Groves, R.M. (2010), "An Experimental Study of Disclosure Risk, Disclosure Harm, Incentives, and Survey Participation." Journal of Official Statistics, 26 (2), 287-300.