Documentation in Social Science Experiments,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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This paper reviews the information accrual processes in social science experiments. Stress is placed on the need for systematic, organized, and well documented accrual processes. These processes are illustrated by a hypothetical experiment that comprises four years of collected data and three different population samples. A model is presented that organizes documentation accrual by providing a glossary of key terms, a dictionary that defines all data elements, and codebooks that describe the data elements and transactions affecting them. Use of this model may facilitate data access by researchers, reduce ambiguity in terminology, and provide centralized control over a data base and its documentation.
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