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Now that the Study is Over, What Did You Really Tell Us? Identifying and Correcting Measurement Error in the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Pilot Test

Karen L. Goldenberg and Mary Anne Phillips

Abstract

This paper describes qualitative research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to identify sources of measurement error in the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Pilot Test. Over the year of pilot data collection, BLS refined the concepts being studied and modified the data collection form. BLS subsequently conducted in-depth debriefing interviews with a small group of Pilot Test participants and compared their data with intended survey concepts. The results of these interviews were used to identify and correct additional sources of measurement error, and to further refine the data collection forms.