Predicting the Coverage of Address-Based Sampling Frames Prior to Sample Selection

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In 2009, RTI conducted a field study for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) aimed at investigating the cost implications and coverage properties of a sampling frame based on address-based sampling (ABS) in area-segments with adequate ABS coverage and field enumeration (FE) elsewhere. Data for this study were based on a probability sample of 200 segments and 3,878 eligible dwelling units from the NSDUH. We found that accurately predicting ABS coverage at the area-segment level prior to sample selection simultaneously lowers costs and improves frame coverage.
    Address-based sampling (ABS) is an alternative to field enumeration that uses a frame of mailing addresses from the delivery sequence file (DSF). In-person household surveys using ABS are more cost effective and are implemented faster than what is possible with field enumeration. The primary drawback of a frame based on mailing addresses is the under-coverage of households with unlocatable... [Show full abstract]
      In-person surveys that use address-based sampling are often based on area segments defined by census geography rather than postal geography. Census geography enables more accurate inclusion of demographic information in the sample selection procedures and the use of frame supplementation methods to increase coverage. However, area frames based on census geography contain more frame error than... [Show full abstract]
        A common concern of survey researchers is whether the coverage properties of an address-based sampling (ABS) frame create outcome bias in the estimates from in-person surveys. This paper evaluates basic demographics and several drug use and mental health measures obtained from 1,725 respondents in a probability sample of 200 area segments from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health... [Show full abstract]
        December 2013 · Public Opinion Quarterly · Impact Factor: 2.25
          Because of rising data-collection costs associated with in-person surveys, address-based sampling (ABS) is being explored as an alternative to traditional field enumeration (FE). This has led surveys such as the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which relies solely on FE, to investigate the use of ABS as a potential sampling frame. Before 2009, ABS frames were restricted to the... [Show full abstract]
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