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Activity Number: 83 - Applications in Surveys and Social Science
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, July 28, 2019 : 4:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Sponsor: Government Statistics Section
Abstract #307169 Presentation
Title: Using Paradata to Inform Methodological Improvements to Survey Programs
Author(s): Jeffrey Gonzalez*
Companies: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Keywords: paradata ; data quality ; auxiliary data; metadata

The Office of Compensation and Working Conditions (OCWC) at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is actively researching a number of methodological improvements to its survey programs – the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the National Compensation Survey, and the Occupational Requirements Survey. Although the surveys differ with respect to their objectives, design features, and areas for improvements, the unifying theme underpinning all of these research efforts is the need to collect and analyze paradata to inform the methodological improvements. The purpose of this paper is to describe current efforts in the collection and analysis of paradata in an official statistics environment. Specifically, we provide a general framework for using paradata to inform methodological improvements, describe specific examples from OCWC survey programs, present some empirical results related to their use, and discuss organizational challenges and future directions related to their continued collection and analysis.

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