Collecting multiple data linkage consents in a mixed mode survey: evidence and lessons learnt from next steps

Thornby, M., Calderwood, L., Kotecha, M., Beninger, K. & Gaia, A. (2017). Collecting multiple data linkage consents in a mixed mode survey: evidence and lessons learnt from next steps. London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

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Abstract

Linking survey responses with administrative data is a promising practice to increase the range of research questions to be explored, at a limited interview burden, both for respondents and interviewers. This paper describes the protocol for asking consent to data linkage on nine different sources in a large-scale nationally representative survey of young adults in England: the Next Steps Age 25 Survey. Evidence from preparatory qualitative research, piloting and from the main stage of the study is presented. This research constitutes a novel contribution to the literature, discussing the practicalities of implementing a data linkage protocol asking consent both retrospectively and prospectively, on multiple domains, and in the context of a mixed-mode survey.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Data linkage, longitudinal, Next Steps study, Mixed modes
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18598

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