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Nonresponse in Household Interview Surveys

ISBN: 978-0-471-18245-0
344 pages
April 1998
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A comprehensive framework for both reduction of nonresponse and postsurvey adjustment for nonresponse

This book provides guidance and support for survey statisticians who need to develop models for postsurvey adjustment for nonresponse, and for survey designers and practitioners attempting to reduce unit nonresponse in household interview surveys. It presents the results of an eight-year research program that has assembled an unprecedented data set on respondents and nonrespondents from several major household surveys in the United States.

Within a comprehensive conceptual framework of influences on nonresponse, the authors investigate every aspect of survey cooperation, from the influences of household characteristics and social and environmental factors to the interaction between interviewers and householders and the design of the survey itself.

Nonresponse in Household Interview Surveys:
* Provides a theoretical framework for understanding and studying household survey nonresponse
* Empirically explores the individual and combined influences of several factors on nonresponse
* Presents chapter introductions, summaries, and discussions on practical implications to clarify concepts and theories
* Supplies extensive references for further study and inquiry

Nonresponse in Household Interview Surveys is an important resource for professionals and students in survey methodology/research methods as well as those who use survey methods or data in business, government, and academia. It addresses issues critical to dealing with nonresponse in surveys, reducing nonresponse during survey data collection, and constructing statistical compensations for the effects of nonresponse on key survey estimates.
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Table of Contents

An Introduction to Survey Participation.

A Conceptual Framework for Survey Participation.

Data Resources for Testing Theories of Survey Participation.

Influences on the Likelihood of Contact.

Influences of Household Characteristics on Survey Cooperation.

Social Environmental Influences on Survey Participation.

Influences of the Interviewers.

When Interviewers Meet Householders: The Nature of Initial Interactions.

Influences of Householder-Interviewer Interactions on Survey Cooperation.

How Survey Design Features Affect Participation.

Practical Survey Design Acknowledging Nonresponse.


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Author Information

ROBERT M. GROVES, PhD, is Professor and Senior Research Scientist at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Survey Errors and Survey Costs and Chief Editor of Telephone Survey Methodology, both available from Wiley.

MICK P. COUPER, PhD, is Assistant Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan.
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"...an important resource for professional sand students?as well as those who use survey methods or data in business, government, and academia." (Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 961, 2001/11)

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