Friday, November 1, 2013

7 November 2013: Computerized Data Collection and the Management of Survey Costs and Quality: The Use of Paradata

James Wagner and Nicole Kirgis
University of Michigan  

Computer assisted interviewing has allowed far greater control over the costs and quality of survey data collection. Such data collection automatically generates paradata about the collection process itself. This can be extremely useful for survey managers to control survey efficiency and costs. Field interviewers, using laptop computers or other devices, transmit raw survey data (including paradata) to the central office daily. This allows managers to monitor production inputs (e.g. interviewer hours, travel expenses) and production efficiency (e.g. hours per interview, attempts per hour). Similarly, questionnaire timing paradata, for example, can be used to identify instances where questions are completed in an extremely short period of time. Managers can intervene at various levels when interviewers display patterns of lower than expected efficiency and quality. Pilot paradata can also be extremely useful in the design of questionnaires and field operations.

Date: November 7, 2013
Time: 05:30 P.M.

NCAER Conference Room A
National Council of Applied Economic Research
Parisila Bhawan, 11, Indraprastha Estate
New Delhi-110002(INDIA)

Please join us for tea and snacks at 5 pm before the seminar. For queries, please contact Ms Sudesh Bala at or on 011-2345-2669.


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