ERIC Number: ED079389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Community Surveys with Local Talent: A Handbook.
This handbook sets forth guidelines for conducting the field interviewing portion of a sample survey in a low-income area. It is based on the experiences of the National Opinion Research Center in selecting, training, and supervising local residents as interviewers in the course of conducting health surveys in certain OEO target areas. The data collected by these interviewers are considered comparable in accuracy and quality to data collected by "typical" middle-class interviewers; although local-resident interviewers require more training and supervision, it is felt that this experience gives them an understanding of good work habits and pride in one's work. The guidelines cover the following: (1) preliminary arrangements--relations between the Health Center Board, staff, and survey supervisor; housing; payment policies, hiring other survey personnel, interviewer materials; (2) selection of interviewers--recruitment, orientation, try-out interviews, personal interviews with applicants, record keeping, hiring decisions, demographic characteristics; (3) drawing the sample--implications, field listing for the full probability sample; (4) interviewer training--goals, content, timing, length, size of the group, number of trainers, resource people, physical setting, visual aids, scheduling, guidelines for the trainer; (5) supervision of the field work--making assignments, record system, interviewer reporting, quality control, payment procedures; and (6) when the survey is finished--job possibilities for interviewers, role of the supervisor. Sample forms and materials are provided in appendices. (KM)
Descriptors: Employment Opportunities, Field Interviews, Guides, Job Training, Low Income Groups, Research Methodology, Supervision, Supervisory Methods, Surveys, Training Methods, Work Experience
National Opinion Research Center, 6030 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637 ($5.00)
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Authoring Institution: National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.