Designing Longitudinal Studies of Mobile Populations Such As Military Populations
Jones, S. M. (2007, August). Designing Longitudinal Studies of Mobile Populations Such As Military Populations. Presented at ASA JSM 2007, Salt Lake City, UT.
This discussion summarizes an exhaustive literature review of research focused on designing sample surveys to accommodate repeated measurements on mobile populations. Attention is given to survey design features that lead to improvements in survey response rates from the baseline of data collection through subsequent periods of data collection. Although the authors restricted their literature review primarily to studies involving military populations, similar survey methodology may be adapted to studying other populations as well. In many instances, recommendations and solutions for improving response rates will be presented to address these challenges in surveying mobile populations. Our discussion highlights design features of many military studies and important design issues and challenges typically experienced.