Methodological Considerations in Using Complex Survey Data: An Applied Example With the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey
Abbreviated Journal Title
complex samples; survey weights; sampling weights; survey research; multilevel modeling; SAMPLE WEIGHTS; MODELS; INFERENCE; GROWTH; Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Complex survey data are collected by means other than simple random samples. This creates two analytical issues: nonindependence and unequal selection probability. Failing to address these issues results in underestimated standard errors and biased parameter estimates. Using data from the nationally representative Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES; 1997 and 2000 cohorts), three diverse multilevel models are presented that illustrate differences in results depending on addressing or ignoring the complex sampling issues. Limitations of using complex survey data are reported, along with recommendations for reporting complex sample results.
"Methodological Considerations in Using Complex Survey Data: An Applied Example With the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey" (2011). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 1348.