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Appendix A: Nonresponse Research in Federal Statistical Agencies
Pages 127-132

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From page 127...
... stated that the response rates in surveys sponsored by BLS range from a high of about 92 percent in the Current Population Survey (CPS) (labor force and demographics)
From page 128...
... T ­ opics have included causes of nonresponse, techniques for reducing non­ response, nonresponse adjustments, nonresponse metrics and measurement, consequences of nonresponse (bias, costs) , nonresponse bias studies, responsive designs and survey operations, the use of administrative records and auxiliary data and paradata, level of effort studies, and panel or longitudinal survey nonresponse.
From page 129...
... , a test of sending additional mailing pieces to households without a phone number, and a test of adding an Internet option as a response mode. For other Census Bureau demographic surveys, Bates mentioned nonresponse tests involving incentives (debit cards)
From page 130...
... Other NASS studies looking at the impact of incentives on survey response have found that $20 ATM cards increased mail response, although not in-person interview responses, and that they were cost-effective and did not increase bias. Calibration-weighting studies found that calibration weighting decreased bias in many key survey statistics.
From page 131...
... NCHS uses a so-called contact history instrument, audit trails of items and interview times using the Blaise survey management platform, and analysis of the front and back sections of the survey instrument. The issues NCHS has been investigating include differences arising from reducing the length of the field period and the effort that the interviewer makes and the trade-offs between response rates and data quality.
From page 132...
... centers on research to minimize nonresponse, handle nonresponse statistically, and evaluate nonresponse bias. Future research, according to Steven Cohen of the NCSES at the panel's workshop, will focus on responsive designs, increased use of paradata, and nonresponse bias analysis on the National Survey of College Graduates by making comparisons to the American Community survey.

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