ERIC Number: ED317606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Noggin Factor in Survey Research: Developing New Techniques for Assessing Nonresponse Bias.
Clark, Sheldon B.
The primary objective of this paper is to encourage survey researchers not to become overly reliant on the literature for generic solutions to non-response bias problems. In addition, the paper recounts an example of how a non-traditional approach was used to maximize the usefulness of data collected under unusual constraints and with an a priori expectation of a high rate of non-response. The author was charged with testing the ability of the National Science Foundation to conduct a biennial survey of scientists and engineers who had recently immigrated into the United States. This assessment was done within the context of the "noggin factor," which engenders a consideration of the particularity or each survey situation. As a result of the noggin factor, generalized solutions to survey research problems tend to be self-defeating. It is concluded that survey researchers should attend more to process than to outcome. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, TN. Technical Information Center.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oak Ridge Associated Universities, TN.