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Random-digit dialling in the UK: viability revisited

Nicolaas, Gerry and Lynn, Peter (2002) 'Random-digit dialling in the UK: viability revisited.' Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 165 (2). pp. 297-316. ISSN 0964-1998

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Abstract

A main obstacle to using telephone methods for social surveys in the UK has been the inability to select a representative and unbiased probability sample of the general population. However, recent changes in the UK telephone numbering system and advances in telephony software appear to provide the means for using random-digit dialling (RDD). This paper presents the results of a study designed to test the feasibility of RDD. The focus is on the sampling method, but we also assess other aspects of the RDD survey method, in the context of a total survey error framework. Although we conclude that RDD is now a viable survey method in the UK, further research and development is advocated to improve the efficiency of fieldwork and response rates.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: eligibility rate; general population surveys; random-digit dialling; response rate; sampling frame; social surveys; telephone sampling method
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 14:03
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:29
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7937

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