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ERIC Number: EJ939578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0193-841X
Methodological Considerations in Using Complex Survey Data: An Applied Example with the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey
Hahs-Vaughn, Debbie L.; McWayne, Christine M.; Bulotsky-Shearer, Rebecca J.; Wen, Xiaoli; Faria, Ann-Marie
Evaluation Review, v35 n3 p269-303 Jun 2011
Complex survey data are collected by means other than simple random samples. This creates two analytical issues: nonindependence and unequal selection probability. Failing to address these issues results in underestimated standard errors and biased parameter estimates. Using data from the nationally representative Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES; 1997 and 2000 cohorts), three diverse multilevel models are presented that illustrate differences in results depending on addressing or ignoring the complex sampling issues. Limitations of using complex survey data are reported, along with recommendations for reporting complex sample results. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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