ERIC Number: ED202920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Respondent Burden: Implications for Federal Evaluation Contractors.
Coulson, John E.
Building on the finding that respondent belief in the efficacy of surveys is perhaps more important in determining feelings of burden than interview length, some possible approaches available to the Federal Evaluation Contractor (FEC) to reduce respondent burden are identified. These approaches aim to generate acceptance at the various levels after the typical national school evaluation has received its necessary Federal Government approval. Procedures may include: (1) informing the state agencies, through their Committee on Evaluation and Information Systems (CEIS), of the study's objectives, the fact that it has been approved by the relevant Federal agencies, and the kinds of data-collection activities that are planned; (2) offering to answer any questions CEIS may have and to send project members to CEIS meetings to brief their representatives on the study plans; (3) inviting, where it appears appropriate, the Education Department to participate with the FEC in the CEIS briefings; (4) asking CEIS to write an "approval letter" that can be sent to the sample school districts; and (5) following up, in most cases, the CEIS letter with direct telephone contacts, letters, and sometimes in-person visits to the districts involved. When feasible, compensation may be offered. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Contract Officers; Respondent Burden
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981). For related document, see TM 810 255.