Are you overwhelmed by surveys?

People are fed up with taking surveys, and that’s bad for science

You should probably start filling out those annoying government surveys. Science depends on it. Regular surveys of households are crucial sources of data for measuring unemployment, poverty, health insurance coverage, inflation, and much else besides. These statistics help direct government funds and are also used by social scientists for their own research, which can influence government policy.But in the past few decades, response rates to crucial household surveys in the US has dropped, in what researchers describe in the jargon as “the problem of unit nonresponse.” ….[READ]


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