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

Data set representativeness during data collection in three UK social surveys: generalizability and the effects of auxiliary covariate choice
Data set representativeness during data collection in three UK social surveys: generalizability and the effects of auxiliary covariate choice
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.
0964-1998
229-248
Moore, Jamie C.
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Durrant, Gabriele D.
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Smith, Peter
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Moore, Jamie C.
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Durrant, Gabriele D.
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Smith, Peter
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Moore, Jamie C., Durrant, Gabriele D. and Smith, Peter (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. (doi:10.1111/rssa.12256).

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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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 October 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 21 December 2016
Published date: January 2018
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography

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Local EPrints ID: 402660
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/402660
ISSN: 0964-1998
PURE UUID: 4cec8a60-3dfd-4ce7-9471-bf55187325bb
ORCID for Peter Smith: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4423-5410

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Date deposited: 18 Nov 2016 16:18
Last modified: 16 Aug 2019 04:01

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