Respondent Response to Alternative Travel Diary Designs: Recent Experiences



Respondent Response to Alternative Travel Diary Designs: Recent Experiences

Authors

AXHAUSEN K, University ofInnsbmck, KOLL H and BADER M, Ingenieurburo Koll and HERRY M, Austria

Description

The increasing interest at the European level in the improvement of the transeuropean networks has led to a corresponding increase in information about long-distance travel. While there is a very substantial body of experience about the design of urban an

Abstract

The increasing interest at the European level in the improvement of the transeuropean networks has led to a corresponding increase in information about long-distance travel. While there is a very substantial body of experience about the design of urban and regional travel diaries, this is not the case for long-distance travel. In response to this gap EUROSTAT has encouraged a series of pilot studies in the different member states of the EU focusing on the design of long distance travel diaries.

This paper reports the initial results from the Austrian pilot study undertaken by the authors. It will also briefly present the results from the other studies.

The study is concentrating on the response behaviour of the sampled population as a function of the complexity of the survey instrument in terms of response rates, item non-response and data quality. The survey instruments tested are based on an experimental design, which systematically varies the temporal orientation of the survey (prospective versus retrospective), duration (4 versus 8 weeks), presentation of the diary and the amount of details requested about the journey, household and household vehicles.

The mail-back self-completion survey is complemented by telephone interviews addressing survey understanding and non-response motivation.

The surveys will be undertaken in February and March 1996.

Publisher

Association for European Transport