ERIC Number: EJ1148094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Effectiveness of a Time-Limited Incentive on Participation by Hard-to-Reach Respondents in a Panel Study
Fomby, Paula; Sastry, Narayan; McGonagle, Katherine A.
Field Methods, v29 n3 p238-251 Aug 2017
We describe an experiment to provide a time-limited incentive among a random sample of 594 hard-to-reach respondents, 200 of whom were offered the incentive to complete all survey components of a study during a three-week winter holiday period. Sample members were primary caregivers of children included in the 2014 Child Development Supplement to the U.S. Panel Study of Income Dynamics. The incentive provided US$50 to caregivers who completed a 75-minute telephone interview and whose eligible children each completed a 30-minute interview. Results indicate that the incentive was an effective and cost-efficient strategy to increase short-term response rates with hard-to-reach respondents and had no negative impact on final response rates.
Descriptors: Incentives, Participation, Child Caregivers, Interviews, Telephone Surveys, Children, Response Rates (Questionnaires), Cost Effectiveness, Longitudinal Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: R01HD052646