Designing a multipurpose national household probability sample based on the 1990 census
The 1990 Census data are now being released and are presenting samplers and survey institutes with the opportunity to update their sample frames. In addition, the country has undergone some important changes in the last decade (e.g., increased presence of minority groups) which offer additional challenges to the sampler. At the Institute for Survey Research, the process of redesigning the national sample is now underway and involves discussions along several dimensions. One argument centers around the issue of whether the 1980-based national sample should be retained as much as possible or whether a brand-new sample should be drawn.