Studies of Welfare Populations: Data Collection and Research Issues. Collecting Additional Information to Enhance Data Collection

06/01/2002

Sometimes interviewers can observe that sample persons have certain attributes that are related to certain concerns about survey participation. Followup efforts to persuade the sample person to be interviewed can use this information creatively to improve response rates. This has included treating sample numbers generating answering machine responses as candidates for calling at different times of the day, attempting to avoid times when the machine is activated. It includes interviewer observation about any concerns regarding the legitimacy of the survey request, followed by special mailings or communications demonstrating the sponsorship and purpose of the survey. It includes, in face-to-face surveys, observations of housing units for entrance impediments (e.g., locked apartment buildings, locked gates, security guards), leading to more intensive calling patterns on those sample units versus others.

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