Panel Design Readings

In this webpage there are suggested readings and related materials for each of the topics covered in Warsaw: Panel Design.

General Issues in Panel Design

Buck et al 1995 Choosing A Longitudinal Survey Design – The Issues

Blossfeld et al 2011 Methodological Advantages of Panel Studies

Overview of POLPAN

Edited books and special issues of academic journals featuring POLPAN can be found at POLPAN.org, the website for the Polish Panel Survey.  Many of these works feature detailed descriptions of POLPAN. A list of the most recent works are below.  Each has full text PDF free to download.

International Journal of Sociology 42(1): Structural Constraints, Gender, and Images of Inequality: The Polish Panel Survey, POLPAN 1988-2008.
An issue devoted to the Polish Panel Survey, POLPAN. Edited by K. M. Slomczynski and I. Tomescu-Dubrow.

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International Journal of Sociology 42(4): Sociodemographic Differentiation in a Dynamic Perspective: The Polish Panel Survey, POLPAN 1988–2008.
An issue devoted to the Polish Panel Survey, POLPAN. Edited by K. M. Slomczynski and I. Tomescu-Dubrow.

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Slomczynski, Kazimierz M. and Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt, eds. 2007. Continuity and Change in Social Life: Structural and Psychological Adjustment in Poland. Warsaw, Poland: IFiS Publishers.

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Slomczynski, Kazimierz M., ed. 2002. Social Structure: Changes and Linkages: The Advanced Phase of the Post-Communist Transition in Poland. Warsaw, Poland: IFiS Publishers.

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Slomczynski, Kazimierz M., ed. 2000. Social Patterns of Being Political: The Initial Phase of the Post-Communist Transition in Poland. Warsaw, Poland: IFiS Publishers.

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Slomczynski, Kazimierz M., Ireneusz Bialecki, Henryk Domanski, Krystyna Janicka, Bogdan Mach, Zbigniew Sawinski, Joanna Sikorska, and Wojciech Zaborowski. 1989. Struktura spoleczna: schemat teoretyczny i warsztat badawczy [Social Structure: Theoretical Framework and Research Design]. Warsaw: Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences.

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Panel Studies in Europe

Below are are some lists and descriptions of other panel studies.

Chronic Poverty Research Center’s Household Panel Data Sets in Developing and Transition Countries

Strategic Review of Panel and Cohort Studies: Report to the Research Resources Board of the ESRC: List of Panel and Cohort Studies

Sampling: Sampling Frame, Target Populations, Sampling Procedures, Attrition

“Missing by Design: Planned Missing-Data Designs in Social Science.” Author: Artur Pokropek; pp. 81 – 105 in Ask: Research and Methods.

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Watson, Nicole and Mark Wooden. 2006. “Modelling Longitudinal Survey Response: The Experience of the HILDA Survey”. HILDA Project Discussion Paper Series 2/06.

Contacting Potential Respondents: Letters & Inserts; Gifts. Dealing with Nonresponse

Laurie, Heather,  Rachel Smith and Lynne Scott. 1999. “Strategies for Reducing Nonresponse in a Longitudinal Panel Survey”. Journal of Official Statistics 15,(2): 269–282.

Watson, Nicole and Mark Wooden. 2011. “Re-engaging with Survey Non-respondents: The BHPS, SOEP and HILDA Survey Experience”. HILDA Project Discussion Paper Series 1/11.

“What Do Respondents and Non-respondents Think of Incentives and How Do They React to Them? The ESS Experience in Poland.” Authors: Pawel B. Sztabinski, Franciszek Sztabinski and Dariusz Przybysz; pp. 87 – 122 in Ask: Research and Methods.

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“Do More Contact Attempts Reduce Non-response Bias in Representative Face-to-Face Interviews? Findings from a PAPI Survey with a Low Response Rate.” Author: Piotr Jabkowski; pp. 27 – 58 in Ask: Research and Methods.

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“How to Prepare an Advance Letter? The ESS Experience in Poland.” Author: Pawel B. Sztabinski; pp. 107 – 148 in Ask: Research and Methods.

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“How Does Length of Fieldwork Period Influence Non-response? Findings from ESS 2 in Poland.” Authors: Pawel B. Sztabinski, Franciszek Sztabinski and Dariusz Przybysz; pp. 67 – 95 in Ask: Research and Methods.

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“Understanding Refusals.” Authors: Pawel B. Sztabinski, Anna Dyjas-Pokorska and Teresa Zmijewska-Jedrzejczyk; pp. 39 – 84 in Ask: Research and Methods.

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Other issues in non-response:

“Non-response Bias in Cross-national Surveys: Designs for Detection and Adjustment in the ESS.” Authors: Jaak Billiet, Hideko Matsuo, Koen Beullens, and Vasja Vehovar; pp. 3 – 43 in Ask: Research and Methods.

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“Item Non-response in the European Social Survey.” Authors: Achim Koch and Michael Blohm; pp. 45 – 65 in Ask: Research and Methods.

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Fieldwork: Training, Coordination and Monitoring of Interviewers

Börsch-Supan, Axel, Ulrich Krieger and Mathis Schröder. 2013. “Respondent incentives, interviewer training and survey participation”.  SHARE Working Paper (12-2013).

Blom, Annelies G., Edith D. de Leeuw and Joop J. Hox. 2011. “Interviewer Effects on Nonresponse in the European Social Survey”. Journal of Official Statistics 27 (2): 359–377.

Kveder, Andrej. 2007. Guidelines for Survey Fieldwork and Panel Maintenance, in Generations & Gender Programme. Concepts and Guidelines. United Nations: Pp. 47-58.

More materials on fieldwork standards:

European Social Survey. Guidance for Fieldwork Agencies

Ethical Issues of Panel Studies

Greely, Henry T. 2009. “Collecting biomeasures in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics: ethical and legal concerns.” Biodemography and Social Biology 55: 270-288.

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Lessof, Carli. 2009. Ethical Issues in Longitudinal Surveys, in Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys (ed P. Lynn), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.

Methodological Issues on Panel Survey Administration

“Processing, Archiving and Dissemination of ESS Data: The Work of the Norwegian Social Science Data Services.” Authors: Kirstine Kolsrud, Hege Midtsaeter, Hilde Orten, Knut Kalgraff Skjak, and Ole-Petter Ovrebo; pp. 51 – 92 in Ask: Research and Methods.

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Designing and Evaluating Panel Survey Questions: Panel-Specific Categories of Keep, Drop, Reintroduce, and Develop

Presser Stanley et al. 2004. “Methods for testing and evaluating survey questions”. Public Opinion Quarterly 68(1): 109-130.

More materials on question quality:

European Social Survey. Question Improvement

Mixed Mode Panel Surveys

“A Good Mix? Mixed Mode Data Collection and Cross-national Surveys Author.” Peter Martin; pp. 5 – 26 in Ask: Research and Methods.

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Edith de Leeuw. 2007. Special Course on Mixed Mode Survey Methodology. Presentation. RTI – Odum Institute (NC), March 19, 2007.

Measuring Social Class and Stratification Longitudinally: Occupational Classifications and Scales; Constructing Social Class Categories; Changes in Income; the CONVERTER Program