The Effect of Incentives on Response in 2005 ARMS Phase III Interviews

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts the annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) in several phases. Phase 3 of this survey collects detailed economic information with a lengthy Costs and Returns Report (CRR) questionnaire administered in face-toface interviews. An additional sample uses a sixteen-page Core questionnaire with mail-out/mail-back data collection and face-to-face nonresponse follow-up. Based on positive results of incentive use with the 2004 ARMS Core form, both prepaid and promised incentives were tested on the CRR face-to-face interview sample of the 2005 ARMS in order to increase response rates. Incentives included $20 ATM cards, NASS logo wall clocks, and Individual Farm Analyses. The results showed that incentives, as implemented, did not significantly increase the overall response rates. Due to the increased cost and processing required to provide incentives, their use is not recommended for future ARMS face-to-face interview samples.


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Issue Date:
2006-12
Publication Type:
Report
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/234268
Total Pages:
27
Series Statement:
RDD
06-07




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