Declining Response Rates in Federal Surveys: Trends and Implications (Background Paper)
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Jun 15, 2016
- A long-term decline in survey response rates has accelerated in recent years.
- The increase in nonresponse has been much greater in telephone surveys than in face-to-face surveys.
- Response rates are a poor predictor of nonresponse bias, which tends to be item-specific.
- Payment of incentives is the most effective strategy to increase response rates.