Survey Methodology is becoming a more structured field of research, deserving of more and more academic attention. The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology explores both the increasingly scientific endeavour of surveys and their growing complexity, as different data collection modes and information sources are combined. The handbook takes a global approach, with a team of international experts looking at local and national specificities, as well as problems of cross-national, comparative survey research. The chapters are organized into seven major sections, each of which represents a stage in the survey life-cycle: Surveys and Societies Planning a Survey Measurement Sampling Data Collection Preparing Data for Use Assessing and Improving Data Quality The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology is a landmark and essential tool for any scholar within the social sciences.
Chapter 27: Unit Nonresponse
THE NONRESPONSE CHALLENGE
In 1989 Bob Groves sent a letter to a number of Swedish statisticians proposing cooperation in the area of nonresponse research and advocating the setting up of an international workshop on household nonresponse. In 2015 the International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse (www.nonresponse.org) convened for the 26th time. Looking back on nonresponse studies over time allows us to assess whether the research agenda from the past is still relevant, which problems have been solved, and which new problems have arisen. The first part of this chapter introduces a number of background issues, such as the decline in response rates and why nonresponse is important. Several of the topics presented here are discussed ...