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01.02.2016 - 30.04.2020 / SHARE - Research

Responsive fieldwork design in the German sub-study of SHARE

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national face-to-face panel study of the process of population ageing. For the sixth wave of data collection, we applied an adaptive/responsive fieldwork design in the German sub-study of SHARE to test actual possibilities and effects of implementing targeted monitoring strategies during fieldwork. The central aim of this design was to improve panel sample representativeness by attempting to achieve more equal response probabilities across subgroups. However, our findings show that we only partly met this goal. Although our adaptive design (interviewer bonus incentives for 80+ respondents) indicated some positive effects, very old panelists still participated less than average in the end. Furthermore, our responsive design measure (contact schedule optimization for young, still working respondents) during fieldwork appeared to be complicated to implement within the regular fieldwork conditions and therefore ineffective. Overall, our results are hence in line with Tourangeau (2015), who argued that respondent characteristics that are suitable for responsive fieldwork measures might in fact be of limited use for true bias reduction.

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Dr. Michael Bergmann

Presentations and Contributions
15.09.2016
Dr. Michael Bergmann, Dr. Annette Scherpenzeel, Dr. Felizia Hanemann
A responsive monitoring design using paradata to improve data collection in the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)
16.07.2015
Dr. Michael Bergmann, Dr. Annette Scherpenzeel
A responsive fieldwork design to increase retention rates in SHARE
23.01.2019
Dr. Michael Bergmann, Dr. Annette Scherpenzeel
Using field monitoring strategies to reduce attrition bias in a panel study: Application during data collection in the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)
Publications

Meitinger, Katharina; Stadtmüller, Sven; Silber, Henning; Bergmann, Michael; Scherpenzeel, Annette; et, al. (2020): "Fieldwork monitoring in practice: Insights from 17 large-scale social science surveys". In: Survey Methods: Insights from the Field.

Bergmann, Michael; Scherpenzeel, Annette (2020): "Using field monitoring strategies to improve panel sample representativeness: Application during data collection in the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)"". In: Survey Methods: Insights from the Field, Special issue: ‘Fieldword Monitoring Strategies for Interviewer-Administered Surveys’.

Bergmann, Michael; Scherpenzeel, Annette (2016): Can a responsive fieldwork design increase response rates and decrease response bias in the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), SHARE Working Paper Series 27-2016, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA).