Evidence Brief: Monetary Incentives in Remote Surveys
As part of IPA’s response to COVID-19, many existing and new data collections have shifted to remote data collection modes including computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI), interactive voice response (IVR) and SMS surveys. These remote data collection modes allow research to continue, but there are many open questions about whether these types of data collection can effectively substitute for face-to-face surveying. Research on remote survey methods in low- and medium-income countries (LMICs) has been conducted intermittently over the past decade. This brief provides information on existing research on survey incentives in LMICs. It investigates how incentives may affect survey responses through outcomes beyond response rates such as sample composition changes and changes to response behavior. It provides suggestions on mechanisms that these effects may operate through as well as some suggestions for future research.