1979 Reserve Force Studies Surveys

Description and Evaluation of Survey Procedures

by Jennifer Hawes-Dawson

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A description and evaluation of the 1979 Reserve Force Studies Surveys. Section II summarizes the major survey-related activities from the start of the project to the final preparation of the analytic data files resulting from the data collection, the tasks involved in the design and execution of the reserve surveys, and the technical and administrative support needed for the survey. Section III describes the model developed for monitoring the survey administration and the operational organization for those activities, the issues and events between the initial mailing of survey materials in November 1979 and the receipt of the last completed questionnaire in July 1980, the problems encountered in the distribution and return of surveys, and the follow-up strategies used during the seven-month fieldwork period to increase survey response rates. Section IV assesses the success of the fieldwork procedures, and Section V generalizes the lessons learned from the survey and their implications for subsequent data collection efforts involving the Reserve Force and other military populations.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation note series. The note was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1979 to 1993 that reported other outputs of sponsored research for general distribution.

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