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The interviewer contribution to variability in response times in face-to-face interview surveys

Sturgis, P., Durrant, G., Maslovyska, O. and Brunton-Smith, Ian (2020) The interviewer contribution to variability in response times in face-to-face interview surveys Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology.

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Survey researchers have consistently found that interviewers make a small but systematic contribution to variability in response times. However, we know little about what the characteristics of interviewers are that lead to this effect. In this paper we address this gap in understanding by linking item level response times from wave three of the UK Household Longitudinal Survey (UKHLS) to data from an independently conducted survey of interviewers. The linked data file has a complex, hierarchical structure with response latencies nested within respondents and questions, which are themselves nested within interviewers and areas. We propose the use of a cross-classified mixed-effects location scale model to allow for the decomposition of the joint effects on response times of interviewers, areas, questions, and respondents. We present a new method for producing interviewer specific intra-class correlations (ICCs) of response times and evaluate how interviewer demographic characteristics, personality, and attitudes to surveys and to interviewing affect the length of response latencies and the interviewer-specific ICCs. Hence, the paper makes both methodological and substantive contributions to the investigation of response times.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Sturgis, P.
Durrant, G.
Maslovyska, O.
Date : 24 March 2020
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 06 Apr 2020 13:19
Last Modified : 06 Apr 2020 13:19

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