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Cognitive Test of the NRFU Round 3: Revised Questions

Jennifer Hunter Childs, George R. Carter III, Dawn Norris, Kristin Hanaoka, Laurie Schwede

KEY WORDS: Cognitive testing, Non-Response Follow-Up, Demographics, Pretesting


This report documents the results of Round 3 cognitive interviews. These interviews were conducted from May to July, 2006, using a paper script to evaluate a NRFU instrument revised to address problems that surfaced in Round 1 and Round 2 interviews. The research showed that the revised roster and coverage probes generally worked very well. The undercount probe designed to capture babies, foster children, other relatives, and roommates worked well to add missing people to the roster, as did the undercount probe to add transients that have no other permanent place to live. The undercount probe to capture people who frequently stay at a household but do not live there had multiple interpretations and did not work well. The overcount question worked to correctly place college students when the sample address was the parents’ home, but not when the interview was conducted at the students’ off-campus college address. The revised version of the relationship question worked well to eliminate problems of inverted relationships (that is, reporting “mother” rather than “daughter”). Recommendations for these and other NRFU questions are contained in the report.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Research Division

Created: January 30, 2007
Last revised: January 30, 2007

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