Computer-assisted personal interviewing

Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing

Computer-assisted personal interviewing

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Computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) is an interviewing technique similar to computer-assisted telephone interviewing, except that the interview takes place in person instead of over the telephone. Either the respondent or the interviewer sits at a computer terminal and enters the answers. If no interviewer is present, the term Computer-assisted self interviewing (CASI) may be used.

  • Either the respondent or an interviewer sits at a computer terminal and answers a questionnaire using the keyboard or mouse.
  • Help screens and courteous error messages are provided.
  • Colorful screens and on and off-screen stimuli can add to the respondent's interest and involvement in the task.
  • This method has been classified as a personal interview technique since an interviewer is usually present to serve as a host and to guide the respondent.
  • This approach is used in shopping malls, preceded by the intercept and screening process.
  • It is also used to conduct business-to-business research at trade shows or conventions.

For example, CAPI is used as the method of data collection for the British Crime Survey.


This form of interview is substantially cheaper when a large number of respondents is required, because
  • There is no need to recruit or pay interviewers.
  • There is no need to transcribe the results into a computer form. The computer program can be constructed so as to place the results directly in a format that can be read by statistical analysis programs such......
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