Accession Number:

AD0787048

Title:

Nonresponse Bias in Mail Surveys: The Case of the Department of Defense Post-Service Survey

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

The bias caused by nonresponse to mailed questionnaires is difficult to handle. The paper examines several approaches to identifying and correcting survey data thus biased. It would appear that neither the direction nor the magnitude of the bias can be known with confidence unless the investigator already has considerable information about the sample population or it is possible to find and interview an adequate sample of those who did not respond. The paper uses questionnaire data collected from former service men to demonstrate the alternative procedures for identifying and removing non-response bias purely by statistical methods.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE