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Improving Surveys with Paradata: Making Use of Process Information

Frauke Kreuter, PhD
Thursday, April 12, 2012

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About this Course

This is an introductory course designed to cover the paradata topic in three parts. The first part will cover the role of paradata within the Total Survey Error Framework. For each step in the survey production process, the potential of paradata to estimate or reduce the respective error will be discussed. The second part will showcase individual surveys in which paradata have been used. Research examples will be discussed, including but not limited to the use of paradata to monitor fieldwork activity, guide intervention decisions and perform post-hoc analyses. The course will close with a discussion of challenges and current research problems in the use of paradata.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify paradata along the production process.
  2. Summarize challenges when collecting and using paradata.
  3. Develop ideas for the use of paradata in the participants' own surveys.

About the Instructor

ImageFrauke Kreuter is an associate professor at the University of Maryland in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM), and currently head of the statistical methods research department at the Institute for Employment Research in Nuremberg, Germany. Before joining the University of Maryland she held a postdoc at the UCLA Statistics Department. She is co-author of Data Analysis Using Stata, associate editor of Journal of Official Statistics, Survey Research Methods, and the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A. She has published extensively on the use paradata for nonresponse adjustment. In her work at JPSM she maintains strong ties to the Federal Statistical System, and served in advisor roles for the National Center for Educational Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Frauke Kreuter has taught several short courses on paradata. Right now she is organizing an edited volume on the improvement of surveys through paradata.