Evaluation of Selected Aspects of the National Medicare Education Program: Final Design Report. 4.1.5 Data Collection Activities


An important advantage of using the MCBS is that the data collection modality has already been developed and implemented. The survey instrument, sample, and data collection strategy have already been firmly established and are collected annually. However, this could also be a disadvantage of this design, if, because of competing survey interests, approval of new NMEP questions cannot be obtained or if there is a reluctance to change existing questions because a long-term tracking strategy would be affected. For example, although eliminating true/false questions may be optimal, there may be a reluctance to discontinue a question design that has been repeated for a number of years.

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