Longitudinal surveys - challenges in running panel studies 2
|Convenor||Dr Jutta Von Maurice (Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectoires )|
|Coordinator 1||Ms Joanne Corey (Australian Bureau of Statistics)|
When recruited in a monthly research panel, what drives panelists to participate to the surveys? We use the 22 first monthly surveys of the French random ELIPSS pilot study to answer this question. We first describe the successive participations and dropping out of the 1039 panelists by sequence analyses. Then we try to identify as early as possible the panelists who shortly will not participate or quit the panel by using various types of information: household and individual characteristics, first survey participations, reminders, official announcements of topics and duration of the surveys, and duration of fieldwork.
Panel attrition is one of the main problems in longitudinal surveys. To be able to organise panel studies more target-group-orientated in terms of preventing non-response, further knowledge about the predictors of panel attrition is necessary. Therefore, the paper has a twofold focus: A) It examines whether the nature and potential causes of panel attrition are the same for different age groups (children, adolescents, and adults). B) It analyses the relevance of satisficing, the civic mindedness of the respondents, and the satisfaction with the state of health as predictor for panel.
This paper provides an outline of respondents tracking methods used in a large-scale Russian panel study of youth and the effectiveness of these methods.
The study is based on the TIMSS 2011 sample of 8 grades students (5 thousand respondents) who have been followed up regularly.
Methods of tracking include administrative data collection from schools about students’ educational trajectories and their contact information, an additional short CATI survey implemented after 11th grade to gather information about the universities respondents entered and their plans to change place of residence, and data gathered from open sources about students’ enrollment in universities.
It is essential in panel studies to ensure the long-term commitment of respondents and to avoid nonresponse bias. In the school-leaver-sample of the German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), we use well-established measures and innovative cross-wave-incentive to ensure panel stability. The respondents (school leavers aged 15-17) were informed that their continuous partic-ipation in five survey waves would lead to their participation in a lottery with prizes such as a car and other giveaways. Our paper examines the effect of this additional cross-wave-incentive on respondents’ participation and the overall panel stability.
We describe results of an experiment in which a random sample of 200 hard-to-reach respondents were offered a supplementary 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 $50 to caregivers who completed a 75-minute telephone interview and whose eligible children each completed a 30-minute interview. This paper describes the immediate and long-term impact of the incentive on participation and assesses effectiveness