Standing on the Outside, Looking In: Tapping Data Users to Compare and Review Surveys

Leda Kydoniefs and Linda L. Stinson

Abstract

It is not unusual for survey organizations to conduct periodic expert review (sample design, definitions, question wording, data collection procedures) of ongoing survey programs. But the question arises, is there another way to conduct such a review? What if attention was turned toward the individuals who use the data? This paper presents the methodological approaches one could consider in pursuing answers from users to the questions implied by "what do data users want?" It also considers which approach provides us with the most extensive information about survey users given limited time and resources.