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Activity Number: 287 - Contributed Poster Presentations: Government Statistics Section
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Government Statistics Section
Abstract #322437
Title: The Impact of CARI Consent on Interviewer Behavior and Data Quality
Author(s): Ariana Welsh* and Brett McBride
Companies: Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Labor Statistics
Keywords: data collection; data quality; interviewer behavior paradata

The Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted a pretest on the possibility of utilizing computer audio-recorded interviewing, or CARI, in the Consumer Expenditure Interview Survey to test the impact of the consent question on respondent and interviewer behavior and data quality. This was done by temporarily implementing a question to respondents that asked if they would consent to being recorded during the interview, despite no survey material being actually recorded. Data were collected between October and December 2021, during which a random subset of outgoing fourth wave interviews were chosen to include the explicit consent requests. In this presentation we will provide a brief overview and analysis of data quality measures, including expenditure counts, interview length, and total expenditures to evaluate whether there was a change in interviewers’ and respondents’ behaviors resulting from the consent question. We will also compare results to previous research suggesting interview recording leads to increased interviewer compliance, improving data quality. This presentation will be of use to those interested in CARI, interviewer behavior, and survey methodology as a whole.

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