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ERIC Number: EJ1281837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Feb
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1644
Developing and Validating a Novel Anonymous Method for Matching Longitudinal School-Based Data
Agley, Jon; Tidd, David; Jun, Mikyoung; Eldridge, Lori; Xiao, Yunyu; Sussman, Steve; Jayawardene, Wasantha; Agley, Daniel; Gassman, Ruth; Dickinson, Stephanie L.
Educational and Psychological Measurement, v81 n1 p90-109 Feb 2021
Prospective longitudinal data collection is an important way for researchers and evaluators to assess change. In school-based settings, for low-risk and/or likely-beneficial interventions or surveys, data quality and ethical standards are both arguably stronger when using a waiver of parental consent--but doing so often requires the use of anonymous data collection methods. The standard solution to this problem has been the use of a self-generated identification code. However, such codes often incorporate personalized elements (e.g., birth month, middle initial) that, even when meeting the technical standard for anonymity, may raise concerns among both youth participants and their parents, potentially altering willingness to participate, response quality, or generating outrage. There may be value, therefore, in developing a self-generated identification code and matching approach that not only is technically anonymous but also appears anonymous to a research-naive individual. This article provides a proof of concept for a novel matching approach for school-based longitudinal data collection that potentially accomplishes this goal.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 10; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment