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Title Paradata in Survey Research
Source Survey Practice, August 2011
Year 2011
Access date 05.12.2011
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The term paradata refers to auxiliary data collected in a survey that describe the data collection process (Beaumont, 2005; Couper, 1998; Couper and Lyberg, 2005; Kreuter and Casas-Cordero, 2010; Kreuter, Couper, and Lyberg, 2010). Common examples include the number of calls made to a case, or interview duration. The technology available to today’s survey researcher has enabled the collection of large volumes of paradata in a nearly passive manner. Given this widespread collection of paradata, there are many research areas emerging that could inform both the collection of paradata and paradata-driven innovations for years to come. Motivated by a roundtable discussion at the 2011 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) and a recent Survey Practice article on this topic (Lynn and Nicolaas, 2010), this article reviews types of paradata, different ways that paradata are currently being used in practice, quality issues concerning paradata, and directions for future research.

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Year of publication2011
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