In choosing to gather facts directly from respondents, however, researchers must address potential sources of error in respondent reporting and recording of that information by interviewers. This paper by Federal Reserve Board describes about Managing Data Quality on the 2004 Survey of Consumer Finances. This paper presents the methods and results for an initiative, jointly undertaken by the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) and NORC, to improve data quality on the 2004 round of the Survey of Consumer Finances (2004 SCF).
In all surveys except self-administered ones, interviewers have a critical role in representing the study to respondents. This white paper by Federal Reserve Board focuses on two sets of behavioral decisions made by interviewers in field surveys that have serious implications for the quality of the data collected. First, there is the decision to apply effort to convince respondents to participate in a survey. Second, there is a potentially large set of decisions interviewers make during the actual administration of an interview.