The history of the contact procedure and survey cooperation - Applying demographic methods to European Social Survey contact forms round 2 in Belgium

English title: The history of the contact procedure and survey cooperation - Applying demographic methods to European Social Survey contact forms round 2 in Belgium

Author(s): Hideko Matsuo - G. Loosveldt - Jaak Billiet -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2006

Abstract

High non-response rates constitute a major threat to survey quality, since non-response bias is likely to be high. One of the possible ways to cope with this situation is to pay more attention to the organization and implementation of the fieldwork. This paper tried to study the role of fieldwork efforts in relation to survey participation. It focused in particular on the history of the contact procedure and the role played by the number of contact attempts on the one hand and the number of effective contacts on the other hand. Use was made of Belgian data from the European Social Survey (ESS) Round 2, a Europe-wide, longitudinal type of survey implemented in 2004-2005. Standardized contact forms used in the fieldwork implementation period are rich in data and contain detailed information on the contact process between the interviewer and sampled unit. Complementary use was made of the life table method. Cox regression model, and pathway analysis to analyze these forms. The research results obtained in this paper confirmed the importance of field work strategies as a determinant of survey cooperation. Its contribution was situated in the fact that it pointed to the importance of taking account of the full history of the contact procedure. It would seem to argue in favor of making a clear distinction in field work guidelines and in the analysis of contact forms later on between contactability and effective contacts (face-to-face) and increasing the number of each category. Finally, based on our analysis some recommendations are made with regard to the fieldwork guidelines.

Conference name: Quetelet conference

Location: Louvain-la-neuve

Start date: Nov 30, 2006

Type: Paper

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