Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.15, No.2, 1999. pp. 129–142
International Response Trends: Results of an International Survey
Wim de Heer
Abstract:Household survey nonresponse is a matter of great concern in many countries.
International comparative data on response and types of nonresponse in combination with
data on design and fieldwork strategies are scarce. Data from an international survey on
household survey nonresponse are presented in this article. Response rates differ across
countries and over time. Knowledge of survey design characteristics and fieldwork
strategies helps to increase our insight into the possible causes of nonresponse.
Differences in fieldwork strategy are discussed as potential explanations for the
differences in response rates across countries. The importance of an optimization of
fieldwork strategies is emphasized and the implementation of a system of Current Best
Methods (CBM) is proposed.
Keywords:International data; unit nonresponse; survey design; fieldwork strategy.
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