Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Dakota
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Dakota Project


Evaluating the value of the Internet for the collection of scientific data (use, harvest and attitudes) from anglers

January 2012 - December 2014


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
  • CRU

Fishery managers have long recognized the need for and value of human dimensions information for managing the fisheries resources. Collecting good scientific data representative of the angling population is very expensive and takes months to collect and analyze. However, recent advances in computer technology and widespread use of the Internet by the public have generated considerable interest in using Internet-based survey methodology. The main advantages of using the Internet are speed and cost savings. However, two major factors that reduce the validity of Internet-based survey methodology are non-response bias and sample validity resulting from incomplete coverage of the target population. The main objective of this study is to identify the nature and extent of these two possible sources of bias and develop a relatively inexpensive process to correct biases associated with an Internet survey.

Research Publications Publication Date
Gigliotti, L. M., and K. R. Henderson. 2015. Reasons anglers did not respond to an internet survey and evaluation of data quality. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science 94:155-170. | Abstract | Download 2015-10-31
Henderson, K. R., and L. M. Gigliotti. 2015. Angler satisfaction in South Dakota. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science 94:171-186. 2015-11-30
Henderson, K. R., and L. M. Gigliotti. 2018. Evaluation of internet surveys for conducting statewide angler surveys in South Dakota. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science, 97:45-60. | Abstract 2018-12-31
Presentations Presentation Date
Gigliotti, L. M., and K. R. Henderson. 2012. Evaluating Biases Associated with Conducting an Internet Statewide Angler Survey. Pathways to Success Conference. Breckenridge, CO. 2012-09-25
Gigliotti, L. M., and K. R. Henderson. 2015. Reasons anglers did not respond to an internet survey and evaluation of data quality. South Dakota Academy of Science, 100th Meeting. Oacoma, SD. 2015-04-11
Henderson, K. and L. M. Gigliotti. 2013. Evaluating the value of the Internet for collection of scientific data (use, harvest and attitudes). Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Bismarck, ND 2013-02-27
Henderson, K. and L.M. Gigliotti. 2013. Evaluating coverage bias on Internet-based angler surveys. 143rd Annual Meeting, American Fisheries Society, Little Rock, AR, 12 September 2013. 2013-09-10
Henderson, K. R., and Gigliotti, L.M. (2014). Angler Surveys: Internet samples can be representative. Presented at: Pathways 2014: Common Futures; Integrating Human Dimensions in to Fisheries and Wildlife Management. Estes Park, CO. October 9th 2014-10-09
Henderson, K. R., and L. M. Gigliotti. 2015. Angler satisfaction in South Dakota. South Dakota Academy of Science, 100th Meeting. Oacoma, SD. 2015-04-11
Henderson, K., and Gigliotti, L. M. (2014). Statewide angler surveys: Is an Internet sample more representative than we thought? 2014-02-26
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Henderson, K.J 2014. Evaluating the value of the interest for the collection of scientific data (use, harvest, and attitudes) from anglers. M.S. Thesis, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD. 2014-12-31