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Data set representativeness during data collection in three UK social surveys: generalizability and the effects of auxiliary covariate choice

Moore, Jamie C and Durrant, Gabriele B and Smith, Peter WF (2018) 'Data set representativeness during data collection in three UK social surveys: generalizability and the effects of auxiliary covariate choice.' Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 181 (1). 229 - 248. ISSN 0964-1998

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Abstract

We consider the use of representativeness indicators to monitor risks of non‐response bias during survey data collection. The analysis benefits from use of a unique data set linking call record paradata from three UK social surveys to census auxiliary attribute information on sample households. We investigate the utility of census information for this purpose and the performance of representativeness indicators (the R‐indicator and the coefficient of variation of response propensities) in monitoring representativeness over call records. We also investigate the extent and effects of misspecification of auxiliary covariate sets used in indicator computation and design phase capacity points in call records beyond which survey data set improvements are minimal, and whether such points are generalizable across surveys. Given our findings, we then offer guidance to survey practitioners on the use of such methods and implications for optimizing data collection and efficiency savings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptive and responsive survey designs, Coefficient of variation, Data collection efficiency savings, Phase capacity, R-indicators, Risk of non-response bias
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2019 16:16
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25982

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