Event-triggered data collection

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Understanding Society Working Paper Series


Annette Jäckle, Jonathan Burton and Mick P. Couper

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Each year, we ask respondents about key events that might have happened since they last took part in the study (e.g. changes in employment, family, partnership, health, etc). In this work package we have explored how the scope and/or quality of data about key transitions in people’s lives could be improved by identifying events closer to their occurrence. For this purpose we have:  1.    Reviewed the annual questionnaire to identify candidate domains for event-triggered data collection 2.    Carried out qualitative research to inform the design of event-triggered data collection 3.    Developed prototype fieldwork protocols  

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