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CONCEPTUALIZING AND DEFINING NONRESPONSE Great strides have been made over the past three decades in conceptualizing and defining survey nonresponse, and this work has led to a growing consensus about the root causes and the definition and classification of types of survey nonresponse—a necessary first step in the development of metrics about nonresponse and in coming to grips with the consequences.
The advances made toward arriving at a definitional consensus on nonresponse have been largely the result of ongoing work by the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), which in the late 1990s began publication of its Standard Definitions: Final Dispositions of Case Codes and Outcome Rates for Surveys.
There is now general concurrence with the overall AAPOR framework throughout the social science survey community.
Indeed, several journals now require that one of the AAPOR response rates be reported when survey results are presented.
Doubts about the validity of data from surveys give ammunition to critics of social science and other skeptics reluctant to accept the conclusions of social scientific investigations.
Moreover, these trends undermine researchers’ (and the public’s) confidence in the use of the survey as a tool in the development of public policy responses to social problems.