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Framework for household survey costs and fitness for purpose research
The Population Statistics Operations (PSO) area uses trained interviewers (also referred to as agents) to collect survey information for the Household Survey Program. A Household Field Cost Model (hereafter referred to as the model) has been developed to predict payment to agent costs up to four years in advance of survey enumeration. Increasingly, however, Household Survey areas are also asking questions such as:
The first phase of the project was to review the current model to determine its ability to accurately predict costs across the range of surveys in the Household Survey Program. This phase identified some quick modifications to the model to improve the accuracy of household survey cost predictions in the short term.
The next phase of the project, which is currently underway, is aimed at developing a mathematical model for costs which is transparent and accurately reflects costs of operational procedures involved in data collection. The model will be able to assess 'what if ' scenarios, specifically including different field procedures; and will be able to be readily maintained and used for monitoring costs. Work is also underway to develop measures of fitness for purpose for time series and cross sectional estimates, and to understand the relationship between operational procedures and fitness for purpose.
For more information on this project, please contact Louise Gates on (02) 6252 6540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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