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Project Title:

Research Agenda for the Future of Social Science Data Collection
PIN: DBASSE-CNSTAT-10-01        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit: Committee on National Statistics

RSO: Plewes, Tom

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences

Project Scope
A panel of experts under the National Research Council's Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) will conduct a study to develop a research agenda for addressing issues related to the deterioration in social science data stemming from the general decline in survey response by individuals and households.  The panel will consider what is known about the causes and consequences of increasing nonresponse, the current state of survey methodology, and methods designed to improve response for surveys in the government, academic, and private sectors.  The panel will identify high-priority research that can answer important unresolved questions about survey response and determine the most cost-effective ways to improve response and the quality of survey data for the advancement of knowledge in the social sciences.  On the basis of its information-gathering activities, including a workshop, the panel will deliberate, make recommendations, and publish these recommendations along with supporting findings as an independent NRC report.

The project is sponsored by the The Russell Sage Foundation and thhe National Science Foundation.

The approximate start date for the project is July 1, 2010.

A report will be issued near the completion of the project in September 2012.

Project Duration: 27 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 11/23/2010
 Meeting 2 - 02/17/2011
 Meeting 3 - 04/28/2011
 Meeting 4 - 07/11/2011


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Nonresponse in Social Science Surveys: A Research Agenda