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Although every effort is made in all phases of collection, processing, and tabulation to minimize errors, the survey is subject to nonsampling errors such as the inability to obtain data for every variable for all units in the sample, inaccuracies in classification, response errors, misinterpretation of questions, mistakes in keying and coding, and coverage errors.
Overall Unit Response Rate
The overall response rate to the 2012 Census of Governments: Finance - Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data was 74.0 percent. The response rate was calculated as the number of responses received divided by the number of parent governments mailed minus the number of governments that were determined to be out of scope.
Total Quantity Response Rate
The total quantity response rate to the 2012 Census of Governments: Finance - Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data was 98.6 percent. TQRR information is available for the following years: 2007 [XLS, 29KB], 2008 [XLS, 29KB], 2009 [XLS, 29KB], 2010 [XLS, 29KB], 2011 [XLS, 29KB], and 2012 [XLS, 29KB].
For further information, please refer to the 2012 Census of Governments: Finance – Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data 2012 Survey Methodology [PDF, 124KB]