Studies of Welfare Populations: Data Collection and Research Issues. Highlighting Low-Cost Actions

06/01/2002

This paper has attempted to provide information on methods to achieve high response rates on telephone surveys of low-income populations. We have concentrated much of the review on studies that start with a list of welfare recipients, but we also have provided information for persons conducting RDD interviews. The second section of this paper provided a list of best practices that should be considered when conducting telephone surveys. The third section provided examples of what is currently being practiced in recently completed welfare-leaver studies and how these practices relate to results. The fourth section provided special issues related to RDD surveys. In this section we concentrate on highlighting suggestions that seem practical and relatively low cost.

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