ERIC Number: ED163022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Report on the Data Collection Activities of the First Follow-Up. The National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972.
Research Triangle Inst., Durham, NC.
This is a report on the data collection activities of the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972(NLS). This phase of the operation involved the first follow-up contact with the 22,654 seniors selected for participation in this study. The fieldwork for the first follow-up was scheduled between July 1973 and January 1974; it included the mailout of a newsletter to all members of the sample, tracing activities for those individuals whose newsletters were returned by the post office as undeliverable, questionnaire mailouts, postcard, and mailgram and telephone follow-up contacts with non-respondents. Another study was conducted with a sub-set of the sample members in order to compare the effect of air mail and certified mail questionnaires, postcards, mailgrams, and telephone calls on the response rate. Activities currently underway include editing and coding of all returned questionnaires. The following recommendations were made to increase response rate of future follow-up surveys: (1) use the credit bureau as a tracing aid; (2) ask parents to forward NLS items to children away from home; (3) send the initial questionnaire by certified mail; and (4) use mailgrams extensively. The appendix consists of the newsletter, the First Followup Questionnaire, Forms A and B, and the various mailout items. (Author/CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Durham, NC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972