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Activity Number: 654
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Thursday, August 5, 2010 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Survey Research Methods
Abstract - #307650
Title: Qualities of Coverage: Who Is Included or Excluded by Decisions of Frame Composition?
Author(s): Edward Marks English*+ and Colm O'Muircheartaigh and Katie Dekker and Michael Latterner
Companies: NORC and NORC and NORC and NORC
Address: 55 E. Monroe St. , Chicago, IL, 60603, USA
Keywords: Area probability ; DSF ; National Children's Study ; Sampling Frame

Motivated by the high costs associated with traditional listing, survey organizations have looked to the United States Postal Service Delivery Sequence File (DSF) as a replacement for traditional listing, particularly in urban areas. However, several different vendors offer DSF-derived datasets and we do not know how they compare with respect to coverage. Working with the National Children's Study (NCS), we continue our work to understand the coverage properties of these databases. After matching traditionally-listed addresses with three versions of the DSF, we returned to housing units excluded from one or more source to collect additional data. We use GPS-enabled photography and NCS screening and interview data to uncover "patterns of missingness" describing the types of housing units and households that may be included or excluded by traditional or DSF-based lists.

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