ERIC Number: ED178702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
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Alternative Tracking Methods in Panel Studies: Their Costs and Relocation Rates.
Otto, Luther B.
This document discusses methodological issues involved in tracking panel respondents. (Panel studies are descirbed as a type of longitudinal study which requres gathering data from the same individuals at more than one point in time.) First, an overview is presented of representative studies which follow different tracking methodologies that have contributed to the current state-of-the-art in tracking procedures. On the basis of these and related studies, suggested criteria are made for assessing the feasibility of conducted follow-up studies and the degree of difficulty that may be anticipated in tracking former respondents. Next, procedures are outlined that were followed in the panel study conducted for the Career Development Study, a current effort at relocating over 6,800 former high school students after a 12-to-13-year interval (see CE 022 277 for details of this study). Finally, detailed documentation is presented of the response rates and expenditures associated with these procedures. (BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boys Town Center for The Study of Youth Development, NE.