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Impact of Dependent Interviewing on Interview Dynamics: Implications for Longitudinal Study Design, 2006

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SN: 6154
Title: Impact of Dependent Interviewing on Interview Dynamics: Implications for Longitudinal Study Design, 2006
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6154-1
Depositor: Uhrig, S., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Principal investigator(s): Uhrig, S., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Sala, E., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Lynn, P., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Data collector(s): GfK NOP
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: RES-000-22-2118

Citation

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Uhrig, S., Sala, E., Lynn, P. (2009). Impact of Dependent Interviewing on Interview Dynamics: Implications for Longitudinal Study Design, 2006. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6154, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6154-1

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General - Employment and labour
Research - Education

Abstract

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This mixed methods study aimed to further knowledge of how survey design and implementation features impact interview dynamics. Interview dynamics, or the interaction between respondents and interviewers, are governed in part by the survey instrument itself and can significantly affect data quality, most notably measurement error. Since the quality of survey data underpins much social and economic research in the UK, and thereby the evidence base for policy and practice decisions, understanding interview dynamics is important. The study focused on design and implementation features associated with dependent interviewing (DI), a set of techniques that are becoming more widely used on major UK longitudinal surveys. DI is a survey design tool by which researchers word questions or route respondents through a questionnaire depending on information previously gathered from the respondent.

Data were collected as part of the pilot for Wave 16 of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) (the main BHPS is available from the UKDA under SN 5151). The BHPS pilot sample covers households drawn from former the European Community Household Panel (ECHP) study. All pilot sample households were previously contacted and interviewed as part of the study Improving Survey Measurement of Income and Employment, 2001-2003 (available from the UKDA under SN 5157).

Further information about the project can be found on the ESRC Impact of Dependent Interviewing on Interview Dynamics: Implications for Longitudinal Survey Design award web page.

Data users are advised to refer to the BHPS documentation for background information on the ECHP sub-sample and general survey processes and data characteristics. The BHPS documentation is available from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) web site or via the latest UKDA edition of BHPS.

Main Topics:
The quantitative data comprise 29 data files which cover different sections of the pilot survey. The qualitative data comprise partial transcriptions of respondent interviews, as only the sections of the survey involving dependent interviewing were transcribed, and a complete transcription of the interviewer focus group discussion. The focus of the individual interviews are economic activity and benefits.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: March 2006
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: Countries
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Textual data
Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Structured interview questionnaires
Focus Group transcripts
Universe: National
Households drawn from former European Community Household Panel Survey in March 2006.
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
The BHPS Wave 16 pilot is the 7th wave of data collection for these sample members
Sampling procedures: Purposive selection/case studies
Original sample was drawn using a multi-stage stratified random sample, but for purposes of conducting the BHPS Wave 16 pilot a purposive sample was drawn.
Number of units: Number of respondents varies between data files; transcripts of 131 interviews; transcript of one focus group
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Self-completion; Focus group
Weighting: No weighting used

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 20 May 2009
Copyright: Copyright S.C.N. Uhrig, E. Sala and P. Lynn
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
Qualitative Data Listing 6154ulist.xls 33
User Guide 6154uguide.pdf 2264
Qualitative Data Listing 6154ulist.pdf 23
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6154_Information.htm 20
READ File read6154.htm 11

Publications

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By principal investigator(s):
Sala, E., Uhrig, S.C.N. and Lynn, P. (2008) The development and implementation of a coding scheme to analyse interview dynamics in the British Household Panel Study, Institute for Social and Economic Research Working Paper 2008-19. Retrieved May 12, 2009, from http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/iser/2008-19.pdf

Sala, E., Uhrig, S.C.N. and Lynn, P. (2009) ’It is time computers do clever things!’ The impact of dependent interviewing on interviewer burden, Institute for Social and Economic Research Working Paper 2009-07. Retrieved May 12, 2009, from http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/iser/2009-07.pdf

Uhrig, S.C.N. and Sala, E. (2009) When change matters: the effects of dependent interviewing on survey interaction in the British Household Panel Survey, Institute for Social and Economic Research Working Paper 2009-09. Retrieved May 12, 2009, from http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/iser/2009-09.pdf

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