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NCES 2009029 An Evaluation of Bias in the 2007 National Households Education Surveys Program: Results From a Special Data Collection Effort
The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) is a random digit dialing (RDD) survey program developed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. The surveys are designed to help NCES collect data directly from households about important education topics. Like many household studies that rely on landline phone sampling frames, NHES has experienced both declining response rates and increasing undercoverage rates. The study described in this report was designed to examine bias in the NHES:2007 due to nonresponse, as well as bias due to noncoverage of households that only had cell phones and households without any telephones. Results from this study suggest that there is no systematic pattern of bias in key statistics from the NHES:2007, though it might underestimate some indicators such as the percentage of preschoolers who watch two or more hours of TV in a typical weekday and overestimate some indicators such as the percentage of preschoolers with mothers who are not in the labor force.
NCES 2009047 National Household Education Surveys Program of 2007: Methodology Report
This report documents the design and collection of the National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) of 2007. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the collection and the report. Chapter 2 discusses the design of the questionnaires. Chapter 3 presents the sample design. Chapter 4 provides information about the data collection experience. Chapter 5 focuses on unit response rates. Item response rates and imputation are discussed in chapter 6. Chapter 7 contains information about weighting and variance estimation. Chapter 8 provides a summary of bias analyses conducted as part of the study. Chapter 9 provides a comparison of estimates to extant data sources. Chapter 10 summarizes the re-interview study.
NCES 2006066 Impact of Monetary Incentives and Mailing Procedures: An Experiment in a Federally Sponsored Telephone Survey
The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) includes a series of random digit dial (RDD) surveys developed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to collect information on important educational issues through telephone surveys of households in the United States. This report describes an experiment conducted in NHES:2003. The goal of the experiment was to test the effectiveness of various levels of incentives in gaining increased initial cooperation, refusal conversion, and overall unit response rates. Approximately 79,000 telephone numbers were included in the experiment. The results of the experiment indicate that small cash incentives, used during initial contact stages of the interview process (the Screener stage), can be effective in improving unit response, at least for NHES collections.
NCES 2000078 National Household Education Survey of 1999: Methodology Report
This report provides a complete and detailed description of the design, implementation, and release of the 1999 National Household Education Survey. Information included in the report covers such topics as how topics were selected, questionnaires designed, interviewers trained, samples designed, data collected, data cleaned, the data documentation, and how to properly analyze the data.
NCES 98255 An Experiment in Random-Digit-Dial Screening
This report presents the design and results of this experiment in random-digit-dial (RDD) screening. It begins with an overview of the National Household Education Survey (NHES) system, then proceeds through the design, data collection, and analysis of the data from the experiment. Because the NHES:95 was the first survey in this ongoing data collection system to use full enumeration of all household members in all sampled households, it was suspected that this approach was a likely factor in the decline of the screening response rate. A systematic experiment was developed and executed to examine the impact of the full enumeration approach on survey response. The experiment also included a test of an advance letter to households for which addresses could be obtained, based on the success of a nonresponse letter utilized in the NHES:95.
NCES 97948 An Overview of Response Rates in the National Household Education Survey: 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1996
This report presents descriptive information on response rates for the four NHES administrations in the context of the populations of interest and the survey procedures used for each cycle. Following an overview of the NHES, response rates at the screening level are addressed, followed by a discussion of response rates to the interviews conducted with or about persons sampled within households (extended interviews).
NCES 94663 NHES Brochure
Brochure describes the National Household Education Survey; its breadth and frequency.
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