Online Program

Non-response Reduction Techniques in Establishment Surveys: Introductory Overview Lecture
*Morgan Sue Earp, Bureau of Labor Statistics 
*Jaki McCarthy, National Agricultural Statistics Service 

Keywords: non-response, establishment, federal

As for all survey statistics, non-response has the potential to reduce the quality of establishment survey estimates. Therefore, US Federal agencies employ multiple strategies before, during, and after scheduled data collection to minimize non-response. This lecture will give an overview of current practices employed by US Federal statistical agencies including members of the Interagency Group on Establishment Non-response. The rationale for the effectiveness of these practices and specific examples from member agencies will be provided. In addition, several examples of empirical evaluation of the effectiveness of these strategies will be also presented. This is intended to provide audience members with a full palette of practical strategies to reduce non-response throughout all phases of data collection.