data collection

Interviewer Invovlement in Sample Selection Shapes the Relationship between Response Rates and Data Quality

Several studies have shown that high response rates are not associated with low bias in survey data. This paper shows that, for face-to-face surveys, the relationship between response rates and bias is moderated by the type of sampling method used. …

Misreporting Among Reluctant Respondents

Many surveys aim to achieve high response rates to keep bias due to nonresponse low. However, research has shown that the relationship between the nonresponse rate and nonresponse bias is small. In fact, high response rates may lead to measurement …

Misreporting to Looping Questions in Surveys: Recall, Motivation and Burden

Looping questions are used to collect data about several similar events, such as employment spells, retirement accounts, or marriages. The loops gather information about the number of events experienced as well as details about each one. The …

Participating in a panel survey changes respondents’ labour market behaviour

Panel survey participation can bring about unintended changes in respondents’ behaviour and/or their reporting of behaviour. Using administrative data linked to a large panel survey, we analyse whether the survey brings about changes in respondents’ …

Assessing the Mechanisms of Misreporting to Filter Questions in Surveys

To avoid asking respondents questions that do not apply to them, surveys often use filter questions that determine routing into follow-up items. Filter questions can be asked in an interleafed format, in which follow-up questions are asked …

Sampling Nomads: A New Technique for Remote, Hard-to-Reach, and Mobile Populations

Livestock are an important component of rural livelihoods in developing countries, but data about this source of income and wealth are difficult to collect due to the nomadic and seminomadic nature of many pastoralist populations. Most household …

Undercoverage Rates and Undercoverage Bias in Traditional Housing Unit Listing

Many face-to-face surveys use field staff to create lists of housing units from which samples are selected. However, housing unit listing is vulnerable to errors of undercoverage: Some housing units are missed and have no chance to be selected. Such …

Can Interviewers Effectively Rate the Likelihood of Cases to Cooperate?

This paper explores how well interviewers can judge which cases are likely to cooperate with a survey request and which are unlikely. Interviewers in a telephone survey rated the response likelihood of each case after every call they placed, on a …

Performance of the Half-Open Interval Missed Housing Unit Procedure

The half-open interval procedure seems to offer an inexpensive method of reducing undercoverage in housing unit frames during data collection. Interviewers check the areas near their selected cases, and, if they find any units missing from the frame, …

Confirmation Bias in Housing Unit Listing

Using an experimental repeated listing design, this article demonstrates the presence of confirmation bias in dependent housing unit listing. We find evidence that when provided with an initial listing to update in the field, listers tend not to add …