The acceptability and feasibility of asking monthly “life-event” questions in between waves of a panel study

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Anna Horsley, Kelsey Beninger, Naomi Day, Gurprit Dhillon, Annette Jäckle, Jonathan Burton and Mick P. Couper

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ISER commissioned Kantar to conduct an online forum and focus group with Understanding Society participants to explore how best to capture information on life events that do (or do not) happen between annual panel interviews, and to explore which conditions sample members would be willing to report on life events every month. The idea of event-triggered data collection was broadly accepted. Acceptability was supported by participants’ existing relationship with Understanding Society, the prospect of financial incentives, and the emotional benefits participation provides to some participants. 


Survey Methodology and Life Course Analysis

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