A Microcomputer Assessment System [MAS] for Administering Computer-Based Surveys: Preliminary Results from Administration to Clients at an Impaired-Driver Treatment Program

by Ron D. Hays, James J. Gillogly, Laural A. Hill, Matthew W. Lewis, Robert M. Bell, Ronald Nicholas

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The Microcomputer Assessment System (MAS), written in C language, allows a researcher to design and administer computer-based surveys by manipulating ASCII text files and requires no knowledge of a traditional programming language. The system was designed to provide maximum user flexibility: MAS allows both multiple-choice and open-ended (fill-in) questions and allows control over text color, allowable answers, and summary output. MAS also assesses response latency and includes support for random assignment of different instruments to respondents. MAS runs under MS-DOS 3.0 or higher, requires 640K of RAM, a color screen (EGA or better), and an extended keyboard. The authors summarize preliminary results from an application of MAS to a sample of 121 clients at an impaired-driver treatment program.

Originally published in: Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, v. 24, no. 2, 1992, pp. 358-365.

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