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In 2009 the NCRM funded NatCen to set up a Network for
Methodological Innovation on the Use of Survey Paradata in
Social Surveys. This network aims to:
(1) promote the opportunities and benefits of using paradata
survey design, survey management, survey evaluation and
(2) identify the potential for improving the cost-efficiency and
quality of survey data collection using paradata;
(3) stimulate debate about the challenges of using survey
(4)encourage research using survey paradata.
What Paradata is:
Couper (1998) is accredited with introducing the term
paradata to the field of survey methodology. It refers to
data on the process of collecting data such as number of calls
before contact was made, keystroke data, length of
interview, cost data, interviewer characteristics, response