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Survey reminder timing – the effect of time between contact attempts. LORE methodological note 2015:6

Authors Elias Markstedt
Johan Martinsson
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Political Science
Language en
Keywords survey methodology, participation rates, reminders
Subject categories Statistics, Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


An experiment with 9,000 respondents divided into three treatment groups with two reminders with different frequency, i.e. the “density” of reminders, show that the length of the data collection period matters very little. Only a 2.5 percent higher participation rate, a statistically non-significant result, was produced with a 4 week data collection period rather than 2 weeks.

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